Urinary camp excretion during surgery: An index of successful parathyroidectomy in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism

Allen M. Spiegel, Stephen J. Marx, Murray F. Brennan, Edward M. Brown, Jan O. Koehler, G. D. Aurbach

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Urinary phosphate (Up) and urinary cAMP (UCAMP) excretion were determined in patients undergoing neck exploration for primary hyperparathyroidism in order to evaluate these parameters as indices of successful surgery. UCAMP fell below 1.5 μmol/g creatinine in all 12 patients in whom single gland removal corrected hypercalcemia and in 0 of 3 patients in whom no parathyroid tissue was found. The mean time to drop below 1.5 was 2.0 ± 0.8 h (mean ± SD) from the time of parathyroidectomy. UCAMP fell below 1.5 in only 1 of 6 patients who had multiple enlarged parathyroid glands removed, irrespective of the outcome of surgery. Changes in Up excretion lagged behind UCAMI- changes, so that within the time period studied Up fell to varying degrees in only 10 of 15 patients in whom hypercalcemia was corrected. A spurt in UCAMI excretion, possibly reflecting parathyroid hormone release due to manipulation of a parathyroid gland, occurred in 3 patients. The results suggest that an intraoperative fall in UCAMI below 1.5 predicts successful parathyroidectomy and that an intraoperative spurt in UCAMI may provide a clue to the location of abnormal parathyroid tissue.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-542
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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