Autotransplantation of Parathyroid Adenoma

Israel Penn, G. M. Haase, Murray F. Brennan, E. M. Brown, A. M. Spiegel, S. J. Marx, G. D. Aurbach, A. E. Broadcus

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To the Editor: Some surgeons include parathyroid autotransplantation in the treatment of primary or secondary parathyroid hyperplasia.1 The procedure is also used when the neck is re-explored for persistent hyperparathyroidism or when total thyroidectomy is performed for cancer.1 It is rarely indicated in patients with parathyroid adenomas because removal of such tumors usually effects a cure. However, autotransplantation of a portion of a resected adenoma has sometimes been done when, during a difficult cervical reexploration, the surgeon was concerned about the blood supply to residual parathyroid tissue or was uncertain as to whether sufficient parathyroid tissue remained in the neck.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1489-1490
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number26
StatePublished - Jun 28 1979
Externally publishedYes

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