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Examination of parathyroid gland specimens

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Sarah Johnson


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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.

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Author(s): Johnson SJ, Sheffield EA, McNicol AM

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Clinical Pathology

Year: 2005

Volume: 58

Issue: 4

Pages: 338-342

ISSN (print): 0021-9746

ISSN (electronic): 1472-4146


DOI: 10.1136/jcp.2002.002550