What is the role of bilateral internal jugular vein sampling in the workup of primary hyperparathyroidism?

Updated: Dec 24, 2020
  • Author: Lawrence Kim, MD, FACS, FACE; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Bilateral internal jugular vein sampling is used to help localize ectopic parathyroid adenomas, usually in cases of failed surgical exploration when standard imaging techniques have not been helpful. This technique should generally be reserved for centers with specialists and for highly selected patients.


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