Imaging techniques in parathyroid surgery for primary hyperparathyroidism

Am J Otolaryngol. 2012 Jul-Aug;33(4):457-68. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2011.10.010. Epub 2011 Dec 7.


As more patients present with the incidental diagnosis of primary hyperparathyroidism due to biochemical screening, treatment guidelines have been developed for the treatment of hyperparathyroidism. Management of primary hyperparathyroidism has evolved in recent years, with considerable interest in minimally invasive approaches. Successful localization of the diseased gland(s) by nuclear imaging and anatomical studies, along with rapid intraoperative parathyroid hormone assay, has allowed for focused and minimally invasive surgical approaches. Patients in whom the localization studies have identified single-gland adenoma or unilateral disease are candidates for such focused approaches instead of the traditional approach of bilateral exploration. These imaging techniques have also been critical in the successful management of patients with persistent or recurrent disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Biomarkers / blood
  • Diagnostic Imaging*
  • Humans
  • Hyperparathyroidism, Primary / diagnosis*
  • Hyperparathyroidism, Primary / pathology
  • Hyperparathyroidism, Primary / physiopathology
  • Hyperparathyroidism, Primary / surgery*
  • Incidental Findings
  • Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures*
  • Parathyroidectomy / methods*


  • Biomarkers