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Parathyroid glands surgery

Parathyroid glands surgery involves the surgical removal of one or more parathyroid glands, which is the best method of treatment for all morphological changes that include benign enlargement (hyperplasia), benign tumors (adenomas) and malignant tumors (carcinomas).

The operation is performed under general anesthesia and the technique is very similar to thyroid gland surgery. After the operation, a decrease in the level of calcium in the blood can sometimes occur, which is treated with calcium and vitamin D replacement therapy, which in the case of complete removal of all thyroid glands must be applied for life. In some patients, it is not always possible to find an enlarged thyroid gland and safely remove it surgically. Then an extended surgical procedure is usually resorted  in order to prevent a permanent increase in the level of calcium in the blood.

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