Recovery of parathyroid hormone secretion after parathyroid adenomectomy

Allan R. Brasier, Chiu An Wang, Samuel R. Nussbaum

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Using a sensitive two-site immunoradiometric assay which detects only intact human PTH-(l-84), we studied the kinetics of PTH secretion in 19 patients undergoing unilateral neck exploration and removal of a parathyroid adenoma. Preoperative serum PTH values averaged 116 ng/L (normal, 12-65 ng/L). In 8 patients in whom intraoperative sampling was performed, clearance of PTH-(l-84) was rapid, with virtual disappearance of PTH by 120 min after clamping the vascular pedicle to the adenoma. Analysis of the rate of disappearance of PTH-(1-84) indicated an exponential decay with a half-life of 21 min. Thirteen of 19 patients had serum PTH values less than 1 ng/L within 8 h after parathyroidectomy. Recovery of PTH secretion from the suppressed nonsurgically manipulated parathyroid tissue occurred during the nadir of postoperative hypocalcemia. Serum PTH was greater than 10 ng/L in 16 of 19 patients 30 h after removal of the PTH adenoma. Therefore, the functional recovery of atrophic parathyroid tissue is more rapid than that of other endocrine tissues studied to date.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)495-500
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical


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