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What is radio-guided parathyroid surgery?

Radio-guided parathyroidectomy is a form of minimally invasive parathyroid surgery that involves giving the patient a small injection of Tc-99 sestamibi the morning of surgery. This substance is taken up by the parathyroid glands (particularly abnormal parathyroid glands). The surgeon then uses a hand held probe to identify the hyperactive parathyroid gland during surgery. All patients are not eligible for this procedure. Very few surgeons continue to use this procedure. It has been for the most part replaced by use of intra-operative parathyroid hormone (PTH) testing or by the traditional bilateral exploration.

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