Subtotal vs. total parathyroidectomy with autotransplantation for patients with renal hyperparathyroidism have similar outcomes.

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The optimal surgery for patients with renal hyperparathyroidism has been controversial, as either subtotal parathyroidectomy (subtotal PTX) or total parathyroidectomy with auto-transplantation (total PTX-AT) may be employed.


Adult patients having subtotal PTX or total PTX-AT for secondary hyperparathyroidism were identified from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, 2005-2013.


Of 1130 patients, the majority (n = 765, 68%) underwent subtotal PTX. Total PTX-AT was associated with longer operative time (median 150 vs. 120 min, p < 0.001). Rates of complications, reoperation, readmission, and 30-day mortality were not significantly different. After adjustment, the odds of having a complication [OR 0.97, p = 0.88] and being readmitted within 30 days [OR 0.86 p = 0.62] were similar between the two procedures. Total PTX-AT was associated with prolonged hospital stay [Adjusted mean 5.0 vs. 4.1 days; (RR) 1.22, p < 0.001] compared to subtotal PTX.


Subtotal PTX and total PTX-AT have similar rates of complications, readmission, and 30-day mortality, but subtotal PTX is less likely to have extended hospital stay. These findings have important cost implications for patients, payers, and hospitals.

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Cited Authors

  • Anderson, K; Ruel, E; Adam, MA; Thomas, S; Youngwirth, L; Stang, MT; Scheri, RP; Roman, SA; Sosa, JA

Published Date

  • November 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 214 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 914 - 919

PubMed ID

  • 28736060

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1883

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9610

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2017.07.018


  • eng