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Old 09-01-2004, 04:34 PM   #1
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Is there anyone (or anyone who knows someone) who has had intrathoracic surgery to remove a parathyroid adenoma from the anterior mediastinum (an atypical location)? I have a wealth of information on hyperparathyroidism and hypercalcemia. I understand that surgery to remove the enlarged parathyroid (in the hands of an experienced endocrine surgeon, specifically parathyroid ) is highly successful (in the >90% range) in correcting HPT and it is the only "cure" so to speak. I understand if I were an elderly person, surgery would not necessarily be recommended and that frequent monitoring of blood/urine calcium levels & bone density scans are needed in lieu of surgery. I am 51 and surgery is recommended and if the nodule were in the typical location (behind the thyroids) I'd probably be scheduled by now, but I'm taking my time with this one trying to stumble upon someone who knows of this kind of case. Thank You.

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