Parathyroidectomy Improves Quality of Life in Primary Hyperparathyroidism
Surgical treatment was associated with a significant increase in quality of life in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism
(HealthDay News) – Patients undergoing parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) have lower quality-of-life (QOL) than controls undergoing thyroid surgery, but QOL improves after surgery, according to a study published in the June issue of Head & Neck.
Roderick Dulfer, MD, from the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and colleagues conducted a multicenter case-control study to examine the effect of parathyroidectomy on QOL in patients with PHPT. Data were included for 52 patients with PHPT and 49 controls who underwent hemithyroidectomy; all participants completed the Short Form Health Survey-36 questionnaire.
The researchers found that patients with PHPT had significantly lower QOL scores before surgery. After successful surgery, QOL scores improved significantly. Postoperatively, there were no significant between-group differences in QOL.
"QOL was significantly lower in patients with untreated PHPT. Surgical treatment was associated with a significant increase in QOL," the authors write. "Decreased QOL should also be considered as an indicator for surgical treatment in patients with PHPT."