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The pathological examination of parathyroid glands is an essential component of the evaluation of hyperparathyroidism. Traditionally, this has involved intraoperative frozen sections during bilateral surgical exploration of the neck, to confirm removal of parathyroid tissue. With recent developments in imaging, some diseased glands can be localised preoperatively, enabling removal by minimally invasive, targetted surgery, with or without additional non-histological intraoperative procedures to confirm the removal of all hyperfunctioning parathyroid tissue. This article reviews these developments and describes the ideal approach to reporting parathyroid specimens.
Author(s): Johnson SJ, Sheffield EA, McNicol AM
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Clinical Pathology
ISSN (print): 0021-9746
ISSN (electronic): 1472-4146