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Lozano-Salazar RR, Pantoja JP, Herrera MF
Minimally invasive surgery of the parathyroid glands
Cir Gen 2004; 26 (4)

Language: Español
References: 22
Page: 301-305
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Objective: To analyze the principal minimally invasive techniques in parathyroid glands. Setting: Third level health care hospital. Design: Review article. Selection of studies: The world literature on the subject from the last 5 years was reviewed (22 references). Extraction of data: We searched for the epidemiological, diagnostic, and surgical aspects of the subject. Results: Treatment of hyperparathyroidism (HPT) requires surgical procedures in most patients. The surgical techniques have undergone changes along time, going from the traditional bilateral exploration of the neck, identifying the 4 glands in the absence of localizing studies, to diverse minimally invasive techniques, which have as a common denominator the use of small incisions and unilateral exploration. Refinement of localization studies has allowed using these techniques in more than 85% of HPT patients. Another innovation consists in the use of fast measurements of the parathormone to confirm the cure of the disease. This article describes the most common minimally invasive techniques, such as: traditional, limited exploration, radio-guided, video-assisted, and endoscopy. Conclusion: The variety of minimally invasive techniques and their similar results show that none is better than the others.

Key words: Parathyroids, parathyroidectomy.


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