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Case report
Fine-needle aspiration washout in the diagnosis of cystic parathyroid adenoma
  1. Anar Aliyev1,
  2. Rashad Ismayilov1,
  3. Jamal Musayev2 and
  4. Sabuhi Yusifov3
  1. 1Department of Nuclear Medicine, National Center of Oncology, Baku, Azerbaijan
  2. 2Department of Pathology, Baku Pathology Center, Baku, Azerbaijan
  3. 3Department of Endocrine Surgery, Scientific Center of Surgery named after M.A.Topchubashov, Baku, Azerbaijan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Anar Aliyev; dranaraliyev{at}


Cystic parathyroid adenomas are one of the rare causes of neck masses. Due to its rarity, it causes misdiagnosis and wrong treatments and has undesirable consequences. The measurement of parathyroid hormone in fine-needle aspiration washout fluid is a minimally invasive, safe method for the diagnosis of parathyroid cysts and seems to be more useful than Tc-99m sestamibi (MIBI) parathyroid single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT.

  • radiology (diagnostics)
  • endocrine system
  • endocrinology
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  • Contributors RI and AA researched the literature and wrote the manuscript. SY contributed to the patient’s treatment and follow-up. AA and JM reviewed/edited the manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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