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Recent UW Publications: Anesthesia

Want more current information about your disease? Here are some recently published research articles available through done by your UW Hospital surgeons about parathyroid surgery:


UW Publication Summary
Sippel RS, Becker YT, Odorico JS, Springman S, Chen H. Does Propofol Anesthesia Affect Intraoperative Parathyroid Hormone Levels: A Randomized, Prospective Trial. Surgery, 2004; 136:1138-42.  This study determined that the use of propofol as an anesthetic does not affect parathyroid hormone levels during surgery. (Measurement of parathyroid hormone in the blood is a common technique used to locate the parathyroid during an operation).
 Black MJ, Ruscher AE, Lederman J, Chen H. Local/Cervical Block Anesthesia versus General Anesthesia for Minimally Invasive Parathyroidectomy: What are the Advantages? Annals of Surgical Oncology. 2007; 14:744-749.  This study compares the two types of anesthesia that can be used during a parathyroid removal operation: local anesthesia (no pain, awake) or general anesthesia (no pain, unconscious). It was determined that there is no difference in surgical cure rate, complications, or length of stay. However, patients with local anesthesia had significantly lower pain, nausea, and vomiting after surgery.