Selective Parathyroid Venous Sampling in Primary Hyperparathyroidism: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Laryngoscope. 2018 Nov;128(11):2662-2667. doi: 10.1002/lary.27213. Epub 2018 May 14.


Objective: Minimally invasive parathyroidectomy requires accurate preoperative localization techniques. There is considerable controversy about the effectiveness of selective parathyroid venous sampling (sPVS) in primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) patients. The aim of this meta-analysis is to examine the diagnostic accuracy of sPVS as a preoperative localization modality in PHPT.

Methods: Studies evaluating the diagnostic accuracy of sPVS for PHPT were electronically searched in the PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, and Cochrane Controlled Trials Register databases. Two independent authors reviewed the studies, and revised quality assessment of diagnostic accuracy study tool was used for the quality assessment. Study heterogeneity and pooled estimates were calculated.

Results: Two hundred and two unique studies were identified. Of those, 12 studies were included in the meta-analysis. Pooled sensitivity, specificity, and positive likelihood ratio (PLR) of sPVS were 74%, 41%, and 1.55, respectively. The area-under-the-receiver operating characteristic curve was 0.684, indicating an average discriminatory ability of sPVS. On comparison between sPVS and noninvasive imaging modalities, sensitivity, PLR, and positive posttest probability were significantly higher in sPVS compared to noninvasive imaging modalities. Interestingly, super-selective venous sampling had the highest sensitivity, accuracy, and positive posttest probability compared to other parathyroid venous sampling techniques.

Conclusion: This is the first meta-analysis to examine the accuracy of sPVS in PHPT. sPVS had higher pooled sensitivity when compared to noninvasive modalities in revision parathyroid surgery. However, the invasiveness of this technique does not favor its routine use for preoperative localization. Super-selective venous sampling was the most accurate among all other parathyroid venous sampling techniques. Laryngoscope, 2662-2667, 2018.

Keywords: PTH venous sampling; Parathyroid venous sampling; meta-analysis; primary hyperparathyroidism; selective venous sampling.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Area Under Curve
  • Female
  • Hematologic Tests / methods
  • Hematologic Tests / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Hyperparathyroidism, Primary / blood
  • Hyperparathyroidism, Primary / diagnosis*
  • Likelihood Functions
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parathyroid Glands / blood supply*
  • Parathyroid Hormone / blood*
  • ROC Curve
  • Sensitivity and Specificity


  • Parathyroid Hormone