Renal and Urology News - "CKD Patients Frequently Re-Hospitalized After Parathyroidectomy" - Natasha Persaud

New York, NY
 – October 3, 2017  –– 

In a recent study, one in six patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who underwent parathyroidectomy were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. Marita S. Teng, MD, associate professor of otolaryngology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai led the study, which was published in the journal Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. “Since hypocalcemia readmissions tend to occur more frequently in the early postoperative period, providers should consider earlier prescriptions of calcium/vitamin D supplements, either at the preoperative visit or at least 24 hours before discharge, allowing adequate time for patients to acquire these critical medications,” said Dr. Teng.  “We propose focusing on accurate, appropriate medication reconciliation and optimizing communication and transitions of care to outside facilities to facilitate the comprehensive care of this high-risk patient population.”

- Marita S. Teng, MD, Associate Professor, Otolaryngology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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