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I have just been diagnosed by lab tests and a sestamibi scan to have a lower left parathyroid tumor.  The scan also identifies my the left side of my thyroid gland as being significantly smaller than the right side.  What are the ramifications, if any, of this observation?  Thank you for your consideration.

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679466 tn?1247006054
The sestamibi scan is specific to the parathyroid glands.  It is probably not a good indicator of thyroid anatomy.  You will most likely need a parathyroidectomy and at that time the surgeon can visually evaluate that side of the thyroid gland.  Could simply be a insignificant anatomical change.  If it is a disease process, follow up TSH and other thyroid tests will monitor well and the visual evaluation at the time of surgery will also tell you a great deal.  
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Are you going to have a parathyroidectomy (removal of the bad parathyroid gland)?

I'm not sure what the different sizes in your thyroid mean in general (perhaps you can contact, I think it's member 898 - who seems knowledgeable on these things).  But I think any thryoid issues showing up are going to be a factor as your drs proceed with your parathyroid issues.  You might just have to wait to see what the dr has to say though.

I share your diagnoses.

Keep in touch.
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