The Role of Surgeon-Performed Office and Preincision Ultrasounds in Localization of Parathyroid Adenomas in Primary Hyperparathyroidism

Jee Hye Choi, Anusha Jayaram, Erin Bresnahan, Eric Pletcher, David Steinmetz, Randall Owen, William Inabnet, Gustavo Fernandez-Ranvier, Aida Taye

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Objective: We studied the use of surgeon-performed office ultrasound (OU) and preincision ultrasound (PIU) in preoperatively localizing parathyroid adenomas in primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT). Methods: A retrospective chart review was performed for patients with PHPT who underwent parathyroidectomy between 2013 and 2015. The results of OU and PIU were recorded and compared with the final surgical pathology. Results: Of 348 patients with PHPT, 285 (81.9%) had single-lesion disease, 49 (14.1%) had double-lesion disease, and 14 (4.0%) had multigland disease with 3 or more lesions. For single-lesion disease, the overall sensitivity and specificity of OU to correctly lateralize the lesion were 64.2% and 91.2%, while those of PIU were 89.4% and 93.6%, respectively. The sensitivity and specificity of PIU were comparable to those of 4-dimensional computed tomography (87.1% and 90.7%, respectively) and 99mTc-sestamibi scintigraphy (70.4% and 95.9%, respectively). While the majority of PIU cases were preceded by other imaging studies, the accuracy in localizing lesions was not largely affected by the presence of prior computed tomography and/or 99mTc-sestamibi scintigraphy, as opposed to ultrasounds only. For detecting the presence of multigland disease, the sensitivity and specificity of OU were 26% and 92.2%, while those of PIU were 64.3% and 94.7%, respectively. Conclusion: Surgeon-performed OU and PIU are valuable tools in preoperatively localizing the parathyroid adenoma in single-lesion disease, while their utility may be limited for double-lesion or multigland disease. PIU in particular yields high accuracy in detecting parathyroid lesions in combination with other imaging modalities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)660-666
Number of pages7
JournalEndocrine Practice
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2022


  • office ultrasound
  • parathyroidectomy
  • preincision ultrasound
  • primary hyperparathyroidism
  • surgeon-performed neck ultrasound


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