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Ann Chir. 1990;44(3):231-5.

[Cysts of the parathyroid glands. Apropos of 6 cases].

[Article in French]

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Service de Chirurgie Vasculaire-Digestive et Endocrinienne, CHU Rouen, Hôpital Charles-Nicolle.


Parathyroid cysts are rare lesions. Pathological examination distinguishes the "true" parathyroid cysts (non functional) most often present and cystic degeneration of a parathyroid adenoma (rare) with clinical or biochemical evidence of hyperparathyroidism. With the increased use of ultrasound and fine needle aspiration biopsies, the diagnosis of these cysts can be confirmed by an elevated parathyroid hormone (PTH) assay. The non-functioning parathyroid cysts can be successfully treated by total aspiration of the cyst fluid. Surgical exploration of all parathyroid glands is the treatment of choice for hyperparathyroidism. The different proposed etiologies for parathyroid cysts are discussed.

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