Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Jab solution for overactive parathyroid

This news comes from Singapore.

One side effect of kidney dialysis is overactive parathyroid glands, which are found in the neck. This could lead to a loss of calcium, resulting in bones becoming soft and deformed. - See more here

Usually, dialysis patients with overactive parathyroid glands have them removed. A tiny portion is then surgically implanted into an arm muscle to restore some of the gland's function.

Surgeons at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), however, mince the tissue finely and inject it into the fat just under the skin instead. This not just shortens the time for the surgery but also improves the patient's recovery process. And reduces scarring as well.

Such treatments do seem a bit strange, don't they. But if they work, and prevent the bones getting damaged, that's all that matters.