CT evaluation of parathyroid adenomas: Diagnostic criteria and pitfalls

James D. Cates, M. Kristin Thorsen, Thomas L. Lawson, Wm D. Middleton, W. Dennis Foley, Stuart D. Wilson, Arnold J. Krubsack

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Sixty-three patients with biochemically proven primary hyperparathyroidism underwent CT of the neck and upper chest prior to surgery. All examinations were prospectively evaluated. Parathyroid adenomas were correctly identified on CT in 81% of patients. Thyroid adenomas, tortuous vessels, the esophagus, and atypical parathyroid adenomas may be potential sources of error in the diagnosis of parathyroid adenomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)626-629
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of computer assisted tomography
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988


  • Adenomas
  • Computed tomography
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Parathyroid gland


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