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A new method with high sensitivity and specificity for localization of abnormal parathyroid glands

, : A new method with high sensitivity and specificity for localization of abnormal parathyroid glands. Annals of Surgery 200(3): 381-388

A novel method for localization of abnormal parathyroid glands involving color-processing of nuclear scintigrams of the neck after injection of Thallium-201 and Technetium pertechnetate is presented with surgical correlation. Preoperative localization of single parathyroid adenomas was successful in 88% of previously unoperated patients and in 85.7% of those with adenomas not located at previous surgery. Eighty-three per cent of glands with secondary hyperplasia, 66% of glands with primary hyperplasia, and one carcinoma were localized. No abnormal studies were seen in non-hyperparathyroid hypercalcemia, and no false positive studies were seen. Localization appeared related to larger adenomas (300-5000 mg), although one of 60 mg was localized. Color-comparison dual-isotype scintigraphy was useful for localization of parathyroid adenomas and hyperplastic glands and exceeded the reported sensitivity of either ultrasonography or computerized tomography. It deserves wider evaluation in preoperative management of at least hyperparathyroidism of the primary or persistent types.


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