Radio-guided video-assisted parathyroidectomy: A preliminary report

L. Pasquale, P. Bianchi, M. Barabino, A. Bestetti, A. Bastagli

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Background: The surgical management of primary hyperparathyroidism is changing both in terms of the extent of cervical exploration and in technique. There are many new mini-invasive procedures for neck surgery. We describe our preliminary experience with a technique that combines two mini-invasive procedures - radio-guided and video-assisted parathyroidectomy. Methods: Six consecutive patients with no recurrent or persistent primary hyperparathyroidism, no previous cervical operations, and no thyroid pathologies were selected to undergo radio-guided video-assisted parathyroidectomy. Results: One case was converted. There was no morbidity or mortality in the postoperative period. Six parathyroids were removed; the histological diagnosis was adenoma in all cases. All patients were discharged on the 1st postoperative day. Calcium serum levels normalized in all cases, with only one case of transient postoperative hypocalcemia. All patients were normocalcemic after 6 months. Conclusion: Radio-guided video-assisted parathyroidectomy is feasible in selected patients. However, longer follow-up and more cases are necessary before this procedure can be applied routinely.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1456-1458
Number of pages3
JournalSurgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Endoscopic parathyroidectomy
  • Primary hyperparathyroidism
  • Radio-guided parathyroidectomy
  • Video-assisted parathyroidectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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