Aspiration of enlarged parathyroid glands for parathyroid hormone assay

J. L. Doppman, A. G. Krudy, S. J. Marx, A. Saxe, Philip D Schneider, J. A. Norton, A. M. Spiegel, R. W. Downs, M. Schaaf, M. E. Brennan, A. B. Schneider, G. D. Aurbach

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Enlarged parathyroid glands were percutaneously aspirated under computed tomographic (CT) control in 7 patients, and levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH) and human thyroglobulin (HTg) were measured. All 7 patients had high levels of PTH in at least one specimen. It is concluded that the measurement of high concentrations of PTH in the aspirate from a cervical or mediastinal mass, with CT documentation of needle position, provides absolute localization of parathyroid masses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-35
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

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  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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