A meta-analysis of preoperative localization techniques for patients with primary hyperparathyroidism.


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BACKGROUND: Reported accuracy of preoperative localization imaging for primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) varies. The purpose of this study is to determine the accuracy of ultrasound, sestamibi-single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), and four-dimensional computed tomography (4D-CT) as preoperative localization strategies. METHODS: A meta-analysis was performed of studies investigating the accuracy of ultrasound, sestamibi-SPECT, and 4D-CT for preoperative localization in pHPT. Electronic databases were systematically searched, and two independent reviewers reviewed results using specific criteria. Study quality was assessed using a validated measure for diagnostic imaging studies. Study heterogeneity and pooled results were calculated. RESULTS: 43 studies met criteria for inclusion, and data were available for extraction in 19 ultrasound, 9 sestamibi-SPECT, and 4 4D-CT studies. Ultrasound had pooled sensitivity and positive predictive value (PPV) of 76.1% (95% CI 70.4-81.4%) and 93.2% (90.7-95.3%), respectively. Sestamibi-SPECT had pooled sensitivity and PPV of 78.9% (64-90.6%) and 90.7% (83.5-96.0%), respectively. Only two 4D-CT studies investigated patients undergoing initial parathyroidectomy. Results suggested sensitivity and PPV of 89.4% and 93.5%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Ultrasound and sestamibi-SPECT are similar in ability to preoperatively localize abnormal parathyroid glands in pHPT. Accuracy may be improved with 4D-CT; however, further investigation is required. Choice of preoperative imaging strategy depends on numerous patient, institutional, and economic factors of which the surgeon must be aware.

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Cited Authors

  • Cheung, K; Wang, TS; Farrokhyar, F; Roman, SA; Sosa, JA

Published Date

  • February 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 577 - 583

PubMed ID

  • 21710322

Pubmed Central ID

  • 21710322

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1534-4681

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1068-9265

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1245/s10434-011-1870-5


  • eng