Endocrine

Parathyroid venous sampling

Contributed by Dr. Adam Wetzel
16 August 2020

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Parathyroid venous sampling is utilized when sestamibi and additional imaging are inconclusive or discordant, frequently in post-surgical patients. It is performed as a preoperative outpatient examination, allows surgeons to perform targeted unilateral neck dissection. Preoperative localization improves intraoperative identification of adenoma, and in turn leaves more favorable postoperative field if re-exploration is necessary (5-10% of cases), thereby reduces perioperative morbidity and operation time.

Presentation by PGY-3 Resident