Surgery for Primary Hyperparathyroidism

  • R. James England
  • Hisham Mehanna


Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is the third most common endocrine disorder affecting 0.3 % of the population and up to 1–3 % of postmenopausal women (Jessica et al. 2011).

PHPT is diagnosed by a raised serum (corrected) calcium associated with an inappropriately unsuppressed PTH level. It arises from oversecretion of PTH due to parathyroid gland(s) overactivity.

Primary HPT may be treated conservatively or surgically. Only approximately one-tenth of diagnosed patients end up undergoing parathyroidectomy.

Inherited forms of HPT: Germline mutations leading to loss of heterozygosity in tumor suppressor genes in multiple endocrine neoplasia (MEN)1 and CDC73, combined with a second mutation in somatic cells, can lead to parathyroid tumor development (Jessica et al. 2011).


Parathyroid Gland Primary Hyperparathyroidism Parathyroid Adenoma Thyroid Lobe Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ENT/Head and Neck SurgeryHull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Castle Hill HospitalEast Riding of YorkshireUK
  2. 2.Department of Head and Neck Surgery, School of Cancer Sciences, Institute of Head and Neck Studies and EducationUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK

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