URIEL S. BARZEL, M.D.
To the editor: In his letter on mild hyperparathyroidism (1), Mallette reports a consensus among physicians and investigators in a recent workshop on hyperparathyroidism that surgery is the treatment of choice when the diagnosis is firmly established, the patient has a low operative risk, and an experienced parathyroid surgeon is available. Mallette goes on to state, however, that he does not recommend surgery in older patients.
We compared the results of parathyroid exploration in a group of elderly patients (65 years old or older) with the diagnosis of hyperparathyroidism with those in a younger group (64 years old or younger)
BARZEL US. Parathyroid Surgery in Elderly Patients. Ann Intern Med. ;98:114–115. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-98-1-114_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;98(1):114-115.
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