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News From the Food and Drug Administration
December 4, 2018

Devices Help Surgeons See Parathyroid Tissue

JAMA. 2018;320(21):2193. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.18768

Two newly approved devices will make it easier for surgeons to locate parathyroid tissue during procedures such as thyroidectomy or parathyroidectomy.

Because parathyroid tissue can be difficult to see and distinguish from other nearby tissues during surgery, the devices will provide surgeons with “valuable information to help preserve healthy tissue or to remove diseased tissue,” Binita Ashar, MD, director of the surgical devices division in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a statement.