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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr0420102929.
Published online 2010 August 26. doi:  10.1136/bcr.04.2010.2929
PMCID: PMC3028290
Rare disease

Primary hyperparathyroidism with classic and severe skeletal involvement


A 63-year-old woman has had multiple repeated fractures. A diagnosis of primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) was made after she was found to be hypercalcaemic with an elevated level of intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH). Radiographs revealed classic and severe bone findings in PHPT, features which were common in the past but are thought to be rare at this modern age. She also had nephrolithiasis and osteoporosis. An enlarged parathyroid gland was seen on ultrasound and CT scan, and hyperfunction was demonstrated by scintigraphy. Parathyroidectomy was performed. Histopathologic analysis revealed a parathyroid adenoma. She developed the hungry-bone syndrome 7 days postoperatively, which resolved with with administration of calcium and calcitriol.

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