Intraoperative parathyroid hormone assay for management of patients undergoing total thyroidectomy.

BACKGROUND Rapid parathyroid hormone (PTH) assay has been applied to predict hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy compared with conventional close monitoring of serum calcium levels. We evaluated the reliability of intraoperative intact PTH (ioPTH) assay to predict hypocalcemia after total thyroidectomy and sought to develop an algorithm for the management of… CONTINUE READING