Thoracoscopic removal of ectopic mediastinal parathyroid adenoma

Young Su Kim, Jhingook Kim, Sumin Shin

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Ectopic mediastinal parathyroid adenomas or hyperplasias account for up to 25% of primary hyperparathyroidism cases. Most abnormal parathyroid glands are found in the superior mediastinum within the thymus and can be removed through a cervical incision; however, a few of these glands are not accessible using standard cervical surgical approaches. Surgical resection has traditionally been performed via median sternotomy or thoracotomy. However, recent advancement in video-assisted thoracic surgery techniques has decreased the need for sternotomy or thoracotomy to remove these ectopic parathyroid glands. Here, we report a successful case of video-assisted thoracoscopic removal of a mediastinal parathyroid adenoma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-319
Number of pages3
JournalKorean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014

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  • Mediastinum
  • Parathyroid neoplasms
  • Thoracic surgery, video-assisted


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