Case 3


After discussion with the owner, you schedule Harley for a parathyroidectomy. You localize and remove the enlarged gland, and treat Harley postoperatively for hypocalcemia. He does well and is discharged after a few days. Once home, the owner reports that Harley is back to his old self and is happy with the outcome-you're a rock star!

Because you know there is a risk of recurrence of hyperparathyroidism (about 10%), you plan to recheck Harley two to three times a year...just in case.


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