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Jab for kidney patients: Less scarring, faster recovery

Published on Apr 9, 2014 8:34 AM
Dr Jeremy Ng, consultant at the SGH department of general surgery, performing a check on Mr Ho Peng Fun, 65, who underwent the injection-based treatment in February. -- ST PHOTO: MATTHIAS HO

One side effect of kidney dialysis is overactive parathyroid glands, which are found in the neck. This could lead to a loss of calcium, resulting in bones becoming soft and deformed.

Now, a local study has found a better answer to the problem than traditional surgery - injecting minced tissue into the patient's shoulder.

Typically, dialysis patients with overactive parathyroid glands get them removed. A tiny portion is then implanted into an arm muscle to restore some of the gland's function.

Surgeons at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), however, mince the tissue finely and inject it into the fat just under the skin instead. This not just shortens the time for the surgery but also improves the patient's recovery process.

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