Subtotal or total parathyroidectomy is sometimes required for the management of severe secondary or tertiary hyperparathyroidism. Advances in medical and dialysis care may have a beneficial effect on hyperphosphatemia and vitamin D status, which could, in turn, reduce the need for parathyroidectomy. We used the United States Renal Data System to test this hypothesis. We found that the percentage of prevalent end-stage renal disease patients undergoing subtotal or total parathyroidectomy has declined significantly from 1988 to 1998. It is likely that improved medical and dialysis care has enabled this result.
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