Journal article

The sensitivity and specificity of methylene blue spray to identify the parathyroid gland during thyroidectomy

Patorn Piromchai, Thipphailin Juengtrakool, Supawan Laohasiriwong, Pornthep Kasemsiri, Piti Ungarereevittaya

PEERJ | PEERJ INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

Background: Hypocalcemia is a common complication of thyroidectomy resulting from an injury to the parathyroid gland. Methylene blue, which is a medication and dye that has been used for more than a century, is safe and readily available. The previous study has found that methylene blue spray on the surgical field is absorbed by the parathyroid gland faster than in the perithyroidal area. This study was aimed to evaluate the diagnostic value of methylene blue spray to identify the parathyroid gland during thyroid lobectomy. Methods: Patients who underwent thyroid lobectomy were recruited. After the recurrent laryngeal nerve was identified, methylene blue was sprayed onto the thyroid bed. Aft..

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Awarded by Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors received internal funding from the Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University (Grant Number IN59342). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.