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Randomized controlled trial comparing white light with near-infrared autofluorescence for parathyroid gland identification during total thyroidectomy. J Am Coll Surg 2019; 228: 744-751

Published: 29th April 2020

Authors: Dip F, Falco J, Verna S, Prunello M, Loccisano M, Quadri P et al.


Some 170 patients having total thyroidectomy were included. After using overhead (white) light, assessment with near-infrared autofluorescence increased the number of parathyroid glands detected: 3.5 versus 2.6 (P<0.001), and revealed at least one missed gland in 67% of procedures. The rate of postoperative hypocalcaemia was reduced.

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