CRYOPRESERVATION OF PARATHYROID TISSUE: A WHITE PAPER ON ESTABLISHING A LOCAL SERVICE

Endocr Pract. 2019 Jun;25(6):605-611. doi: 10.4158/EP-2018-0547. Epub 2019 Mar 13.

Abstract

Objective: Preservation of parathyroid function is one of the primary tenets of endocrine surgery. For patients with thyroid disease, an inadvertently compromised parathyroid gland is routinely autotransplanted into the neck at the time of surgery. By contrast, for patients with parathyroid disease secondary to hyperplasia, the timing of auto-transplantation needs to be further considered in order to balance the risks between persistent disease and permanent hypocalcemia. Cryopreservation preserves cellular function and permits the storage of parathyroid tissue for potential re-implantation at a later date in patients who develop hypoparathyroidism. Methods: In this paper, we review the process of cryopreservation, with particular emphasis on the regulatory issues involved in establishing a local service, tissue processing, billing and reimbursements, outcome (functionality), and complications. Results: A detailed description of the technique as performed at our institution is described and illustrated. Conclusion: Cryopreservation affords surgical insurance against the disastrous sequelae of permanent hypoparathyroidism. Our techniques are easy to adopt with only a modest initial investment of time and money, particularly for institutions that already cryopreserve other tissue types. Abbreviations: PTH = parathyroid hormone; RMPI = Roswell Park Memorial Institute; RPMI-SSS = RPMI-serum substitute supplement.

MeSH terms

  • Cryopreservation
  • Humans
  • Hypocalcemia*
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Parathyroid Glands*
  • Parathyroid Hormone
  • Thyroidectomy
  • Transplantation, Autologous

Substances

  • Parathyroid Hormone