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What is done during a parathyroid biopsy?

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Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Likely FNA: Fna stands for fine needle aspiration. The skin is numbed with an anesthetic shot and usually an ultrasound is used to guide a needle biopsy. Needle biopsy of parathyroid glands are relatively uncommon, so ask your doctor/surgeon to clarify.
Dr. Richard Orr
Surgical Oncology 45 years experience
Needle aspiration: Relatively uncommon, but if required a small needle is placed in the presumed parathyroid and smeared on a slide (or sent for a PTH assay). Ultrasound is used. Local anesthesia. Minimal pain and bother.
Last updated Feb 22, 2019

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