Thoracic exploration for mediastinal parathyroids requires a multidisciplinary approach

Jamie C. Mitchell, Mira Milas, Eren Berber, Allan Siperstein, Joyce Shin, Thomas Rice, Tomislav Mihaljevic, David Mason

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Mediastinal parathyroid disease requiring a thoracic surgical approach is a rare and challenging clinical entity. The objective of this study was to review our experience treating these patients, highlighting the importance of a multidisciplinary approach. Seven patients required a thoracic approach for mediastinal parathyroid disease between 1999 and 2010. All patients achieved biochemical cure with varying combinations of preoperative and intraoperative localizing studies interpreted by a multidisciplinary team, including radiologists, thoracic and endocrine surgeons, being required in each patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-92
Number of pages6
JournalWorld Journal of Endocrine Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Mediastinum
  • Neuroendocrine tumor
  • Parathyroid imaging
  • Surgical exposure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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