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International Journal of Otolaryngology
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 361427, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2009/361427
Case Report

A Targeted Parathyroidectomy Using Guide Wire Technique in a Pregnant Patient with Primary Hyperparathyroidism

1Department of Surgery, Division of Endocrine and Oncologic Surgery, Tulane University, School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
2Department of Radiology, Tulane University, School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA

Received 19 June 2009; Revised 19 September 2009; Accepted 8 October 2009

Academic Editor: David W. Eisele

Copyright © 2009 E. Kandil et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Primary hyperparathyroidism may cause fetal demise in pregnant patients if prompt diagnosis and treatment is not initiated. The paper describes a novel guide wire technique for a targeted parathyroidectomy, which may reduce the risk to mother and fetus and be useful in other related circumstances.