How does a localizing test diagnose primary hyperparathyroidism?

The localizing tests do not diagnose hyperparathyroidism but are used by most surgeons to plan the operation. Localizing tests are radiology tests designed to help identify which parathyroid gland(s) are hyperactive. In the past, localization studies were not routinely performed before a first operation because a bilateral neck exploration (an operation where the surgeon examines all four parathyroid glands) was usually performed. However, if a focused parathyroidectomy (an operation where the surgeon examines and removes just the hyperactive gland) is going to be performed then accurate pre-operative localization is an essential component, so most patients undergo some form of pre-operative localization. 

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Endocrine System

Your endocrine system works with your nervous system to control important bodily functions. The endocrine systems responsibilities include regulating growth, sexual development and function, metabolism and mood. The endocrine syst...

em also helps give your body the energy it needs to function properly. Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream. Hormones are considered chemical messengers, coordinating your body by transferring information from one set of cells to another. Your endocrine system health can be affected by hormone imbalances resulting from impaired glands. A hormone imbalance can cause problems with bodily growth, sexual development, metabolism and other bodily functions. Endocrine system diseases or conditions include diabetes, growth disorders and osteoporosis.

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