Parathyroid glands are usually removed from patients with hypercalcemia. During the removal of these glands, the surgeon often needs help identifying parathyroid tissue, determining whether the parathyroid tissue is proliferative, and distinguishing between hyperplasia involving multiple glands and a neoplasm confined to a single gland. For the surgical pathologist, these issues translate into two simple questions that can be promptly addressed: (1) Is parathyroid tissue present? (2) How large is the parathyroid gland?
KeywordsThyroid Gland Thyroid Nodule Parathyroid Gland Parathyroid Carcinoma Parathyroid Tissue
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