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If imaging studies are negative, should I still have parathyroid surgery?

Imaging studies help a surgeon determine if a patient is a candidate for a focused parathyroidectomy (an operation where the surgeon examines and removes just one hyperactive gland). Imaging studies do not determine if a patient has hyperparathyroidism, they only help determine the type of operation that is necessary. A patient with negative imaging studies will likely require a traditional bilateral neck exploration. In this technique all four of the parathyroid glands are examined in the operating room and the surgeon determines which glands are diseased based on their size and appearance.

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