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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 68-70

Ectopic parathyroid adenoma

1 Department of General Surgery, KS Hegde Medical College, Mangalore, India
2 Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, KS Hegde Medical College, Mangalore, India

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Department of General Surgery, KS Hegde Medical College, Mangalore
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-0354.96061

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Adenoma is the commonest cause of primary hyperparathyroidism; 10% of these adenomas can be ectopic, leading to one of the major causes for persistent and recurrent hyperparathyroidism. Proper preoperative evaluation is important in order to localize the position of the glands. We report a case of a 21-year-old male who presented with features of primary hyperparathyroidism. On evaluation with metaiodobenzylguanidine scan, he was found to have a parathyroid adenoma in the mediastinum, anterior to the arch of the aorta. The adenoma was excised via a sternotomy incision.

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