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What is a parathyroid biopsy?

Parathyroid Biopsy with parathyroid hormone (PTH) testing may be used if patients are found to have a mass in the neck on ultrasound and it is unclear if it is parathyroid gland or other structure like a thyroid nodule or lymph node. A biopsy can be performed in most centers and is usually done with ultrasound guidance. This involves putting a needle into the mass and removing a few cells from it. These cells can be examined under a microscope to see if they resemble parathyroid cells or tested for PTH levels. 

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