Computed tomography for localization of parathyroid adenomas

Nancy O. Whitley, Mark Bohlman, Thomas B. Connor, Erlinda S. McCrea, G. Robert Mason, Joseph E. Whitley

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Fourteen consecutive patients with the clinical diagnosis of primary hyperparathyroidism had computed tomography (CT) preoperatively to evaluate the use of CT in localizing parathyroid adenomas. The patients were scanned from above the level of the thyroid cartilage to the bifurcation of the trachea. Computed tomography correctly identified, prospectively, the site of the adenoma in 7 of 14 patients, including one adenoma that was ectopic in location. Nine of these patients also had barium esophagrams, and this study was accurate in only three of the nine. Our study suggests that CT may be beneficial in the preoperative localization of parathyroid adenomas, particularly those in ectopic locations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)812-817
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of computer assisted tomography
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1981


  • Adenoma
  • Computed tomography
  • Neoplasms
  • Parathyroid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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