How to localize parathyroid tumors in primary hyperparathyroidism?

The management of primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) has dramatically changed in the last 5 yr. Many more patients now undergo focused, limited or minimally invasive parathyroidectomy instead of traditional bilateral neck exploration. This change has taken place because of the improved accuracy of pre-operative localizing studies in selecting patients who have single-gland parathyroid disease (single adenoma) and can therefore have a minimally invasive parathyroidectomy. Sestamibi scanning followed by ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) scans are most accurate for localizing parathyroid tumors in patients with PHPT. Selective venous catheterization for PTH levels is useful when other localizing studies are negative or discordant in patients with persistent or recurrent PHPT. The routine use of one or more localizing studies commonly identifies the parathyroid tumor in patients with single-gland disease; but if localizing studies are negative or discordant, patients should have intra-operative PTH levels monitored or have a bilateral neck exploration to ensure a high rate of biochemical cure.
AuthorsT Uruno, E Kebebew
JournalJournal of endocrinological investigation (J Endocrinol Invest) Vol. 29 Issue 9 Pg. 840-7 (Oct 2006) ISSN: 1720-8386 [Electronic] Italy
PMID17114918 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Review)
  • Adenoma (blood, complications, diagnosis)
  • Diagnostic Techniques, Endocrine
  • Diagnostic Techniques, Radioisotope
  • Hematologic Tests
  • Humans
  • Hyperparathyroidism, Primary (blood, diagnosis, etiology)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (methods)
  • Parathyroid Neoplasms (blood, complications, diagnosis)
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed (methods)

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