Abstract| Volume 43, ISSUE 12, P2385, December 2017

Can near infrared autofluorescent imaging prevent inadvertent parathyroidectomy? A pilot study

      Background: Parathyroid tissue demonstrates autofluorescence: the appearance of a bright white area when imaged with a near-infrared camera, without the need for contrast medium. This has been shown to distinguish parathyroid from thyroid tissue, however, its clinical value has not been established. Inadvertent parathyroidectomy (IP) is associated with temporary and permanent hypoparathyroidism after thyroidectomy. We present preliminary data on whether the use of near-infrared fluoroscopy (NIF) in thyroidectomy could reduce the incidence of IP.
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