Parathyroid allotransplantation for the treatment of permanent hypoparathyroidism: A systematic review

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  • Background: Hypoparathyroidism is the most common complication of bilateral operations in the central neck. No formal guidelines exist for the management of permanent hypoparathyroidism. Current treatment involving medical supplementation increases resource utilization and patient morbidity while decreasing quality of life. Parathyroid allotransplant (PA) offers a promising therapy; however, the optimal technique and role of immunosuppression (IS) in PA remain unclear. Methods: We performed a systematic search of the Embase, MEDLINE, and Cochrane Library databases to identify studies investigating PA for treatment of hypoparathyroidism. Results: A total of 24 studies including 186 individual allograft transplants in 146 patients were identified. Pooled graft survival for allotransplants in transplant-na├»ve vs prior transplant recipients was 29.9% and 80%, respectively. Conclusions: PA using normocellular, fresh parathyroid donor tissue that is ABO-compatible, with induction and, at minimum, short-term maintenance IS presents a potentially safe and effective therapeutic option for permanent hypoparathyroidism in patients tolerating IS.
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  • Kim E; Ramonell KM; Mayfield N; Lindeman B