Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing White Light With Near-Infrared Autofluorescence For Parathyroid Gland Identification During Total Thyroidectomy

Abstract BACKGROUND: Parathyroid glands are difficult to identify during total thyroidectomies, and accidental resection can lead to problematic postoperative hypocalcemia. Our main goals were to evaluate the effectiveness of using near-infrared light (NIRL) autofluorescence intraoperatively for parathyroid gland identification and to measure its impact on postoperative hypocalcemia incidence. STUDY DESIGN: Total thyroidectomies were performed on…