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Journal of Clinical Investigation  1974;54(2):287-296.
Serum immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (iPTH) and plasma total calcium, ionized calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus levels were determined during the first 9 days of life in 137 normal term infants, 55 “sick” infants, and 43 hypocalcemic (Ca <7.5 mg/100 ml; Ca++<4.0 mg/100 ml) infants.
In the cord blood, elevated levels of plasma Ca++ and Ca were observed, while levels of serum iPTH were either undetectable or low. In normal newborns during the first 48 h of life there was a decrease in plasma Ca and Ca++, while the serum iPTH level in most samples remained undetectable or low; after 48 h there were parallel increases in plasma Ca and Ca++ and serum iPTH levels. Plasma Mg and P levels increased progressively after birth in normal infants.
In the sick infants, plasma Ca, Ca++ and P levels were significantly lower than in the normal newborns, while no significant differences were found in the plasma Mg levels. The general pattern of serum iPTH levels in the sick infants was similar to that observed in the normal group, though there was a tendency for the increase in serum iPTH to occur earlier and for the iPTH levels to be higher in the sick infants.
In the hypocalcemic infants, plasma Mg levels were consistently lower than in the normal infants after 24 h of age, while no significant differences were found in the plasma P levels. Hyperphosphatemia was uncommon and did not appear to be a contributing factor in the pathogenesis of hypocalcemia in most infants. Most of the hypocalcemic infants, including those older than 48 h, had inappropriately low serum iPTH levels.
Evidence obtained from these studies indicates that parathyroid secretion is normally low in the early new born period and impaired parathyroid function, characterized by undetectable or low serum iPTH, is present in most infants with neonatal hypocalcemia. Additional unknown factors appear to contribute to the lowering of plasma Ca in the neonatal period. The net effect of unknown plasma hypocalcemic factor(s) on the one hand and parathyroid activity on the other may account for differences in plasma Ca levels observed between normal, sick, and hypocalcemic infants. Depressed plasma Mg is frequently present in hypocalcemic infants. To what degree the hypomagnesemia reflects parathyroid insufficiency or the converse, to what degree parathyroid insufficiency and hypocalcemia are secondary to hypomagnesemia, is uncertain.
PMCID: PMC301556  PMID: 4858778
2.  Relationship between the Serum Parathyroid Hormone and Magnesium Levels in Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD) Patients using Low-magnesium Peritoneal Dialysate 
Patients on continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) have increased risk of low-turnover bone disease and relative hypoparathyroidism. Recently, it has been believed that magnesium plays an important role in regulating secretion of parathyroid hormone (PTH). The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between serum PTH and serum magnesium as a factor increasing the frequency of relative hypoparathyroidism.
We analyzed the data of 56 patients who had been on CAPD for more than 6 months without any significant problems. No patient had been previously treated with vitamin D or aluminum hydroxide. The patients had used peritoneal dialysate with the magnesium concentration of 0.5 mEq/L. Biochemical parameters, such as BUN, creatinine, alkaline phosphatase bony isoenzyme, total protein, albumin, total calcium, ionized calcium and intact parathyroid hormone level were measured.
The mean serum magnesium level was 1,99±0.36 mEq/L. Among total 56 patients, 15 patients (26.8%) showed hypermagnesemia (serum magnesium >2.2 mEq/L) and 5 patients (8.9%) showed hypomagnesemia (serum magnesium <1.6 mEq/L). Among all 56 patients, serum iPTH (intact PTH) level was not correlated with serum magnesium level. However, it was inversely correlated with serum total calcium and ionized calcium levels, respectively (r = − 0.365, p = 0.006; r = − 0.515 p < 0.001). Among 49 patients whose serum iPTH level was less than 300 pg/mL, serum iPTH level was inversely correlated with serum magnesium level (r = − 0.295, p=0.039) and inversely correlated with serum total calcium and ionized calcium levels, respectively (r = − 0.546, p < 0.001; r = − 0.572 p < 0.001). Among 49 patients whose serum iPTH level was less than 300 pg/mL, lower iPTH group (serum iPTH < 120 pg/mL) showed higher serum magnesium level (p = 0.037), higher serum total calcium level (p < 0.001) and lower bone isoenzyme of alkaline phosphatase level (p < 0.001) than those of higher iPTH group (120 pg/mL≤serum iPTH < 300 pg/mL).
Among the CAPD patients whose serum iPTH level was less than 300 pg/mL, there was a significant inverse correlation between serum iPTH level and serum magnesium level. This study indicates that not only serum calcium level but also serum magnesium level are important in the regulation of serum iPTH levels of CAPD patients who have been dialyzed by low-magnesium peritoneal dialysate.
PMCID: PMC4531662  PMID: 12164088
Magnesium; Calcium; PTH; Parathyroid hormone; Renal osteodystrophy; Calcium sensing receptor
3.  Effect of dietary phosphorus on circulating concentrations of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D and immunoreactive parathyroid hormone in children with moderate renal insufficiency. 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1984;73(6):1580-1589.
The hyperparathyroidism characteristic of patients with moderate renal insufficiency could be caused by decreases in the plasma concentration of ionized calcium (Ca++) evoked by: (a) recurring increases in the plasma concentration of inorganic phosphorus that may be detectable only in the post-prandial period; (b) a reversible, phosphorus-mediated suppression of renal 25-hydroxyvitamin D-1 alpha-hydroxylase that decreases the plasma concentration of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25-(OH)2D) enough to decrease both gut absorption and bone resorption of Ca++; (c) both of these. In a group of eight children with moderate renal insufficiency, mean glomerular filtration rate (GFR) 45 +/- 4 (SE) ml/min per 1.73 M2, ages 6-17 yr, we tested these hypotheses by determining the effect of short term (5 d) restriction and supplementation of dietary intake of phosphorus on the plasma concentration of 1,25-(OH)2D, the serum concentrations of immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (iPTH) and phosphorus, and the fractional renal excretion of phosphorus ( FEPi ). When dietary phosphorus was normal, 1.2 g/d, the serum concentrations of phosphorus throughout the day were not greater than those of normal control children, and the serum concentrations of carboxyl-terminal iPTH (C-iPTH) were greater, 59 +/- 9 vs. 17 +/- 3 mu leq/ml, and unchanging; the serum concentration of intact-iPTH was also greater, 198 +/- 14 vs. 119 +/- 8 pg/ml. The plasma concentration of 1,25-(OH)2D was lower than that of age-matched controls, 27 +/- 3 vs. 36 +/- 2 pg/ml (P less than 0.01). When dietary phosphorus was restricted to 0.35 g/d, the plasma concentration of 1,25-(OH)2D increased by 60% to a mean value not different from that of normal controls, while serum concentrations of C-iPTH and intact-iPTH decreased by 25%, the latter concentration to a mean value not different from that of controls. FEPi decreased from 31 to 9%. When dietary phosphorus was supplemented to 2.4 g/d, the plasma concentration of 1,25-(OH)2D decreased 32%, while those of C-iPTH and intact-iPTH increased by 131 and 45%, respectively; FEPi increased from 27 to 53%. Plasma concentrations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D remained normal and unchanged, and GFR did not change when dietary phosphorus was manipulated. The data demonstrate that in children with moderate renal insufficiency: (a) A normal dietary intake of phosphorus in attended by a decreased circulating concentration of 1,25-(OH)2D and an increased concentration of iPTH, but not by recurring increases in the serum concentration of phosphorus at any time of the day; (b) Dietary phosphorus is, however, a major determinant of the circulating concentrations of both 1,25-(OH)2D and iPTH, which vary inversely and directly, respectively, with dietary intake of phosphorus, and increase and decrease, respectively, to normal values when phosphorus is restricted for 5 d; (c) Restriction and supplementation of dietary phosphorus induces changes in the serum concentration of iPTH that correlate strongly but inversely with those induced in the plasma concentration of 1,25-(OH)2D (r = -0.88, P < 0.001); and (d) The physiologic responsiveness of the renal tubule to changes in dietary phosphorus is to a substantial extent intact. The data provide support for the second hypothesis stated.
PMCID: PMC437069  PMID: 6547151
4.  Immunoreactive Forms of Circulating Parathyroid Hormone in Primary and Ectopic Hyperparathyroidism 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1974;54(1):175-181.
The immunoreactive forms of parathyroid hormone (iPTH) in the plasma of six patients with primary, adenomatous hyperparathyroidism and six patients with ectopic hyperparathyroidism due to non-parathyroid cancer were compared by using gel filtration on columns of Bio-Gel P-150 and radioimmunoassay of iPTH in eluted fractions after concentration. We found much less (p<0.001) small (mol wt<9,500) COOH-terminal fragments of iPTH in plasma samples from ectopic hyperparathyroid patients (0.52±0.13 ng eq/ml) than in samples from primary hyperparathyroid patients (3.70±1.15 ng eq/ml). The quantity of iPTH eluting with or before native bovine PTH [1-84] was the same in both syndromes (ectopic hyperparathyroidism, 0.82±0.22 ng eq/ml; primary hyperparathyroidism, 0.73±0.09 ng eq/ml), and these values correlated positively with plasma calcium concentration (ectopic hyperparathyroidism, r=0.908; primary hyperparathyroidism, r=0.919). In both syndromes, plasma samples had an iPTH component that eluted well before PTH [1-84] (mol wt 9,500), but this component was present in much larger quantities in three patients with ectopic hyperparathyroidism. We conclude that (a) the decreased quantity of biologically inactive COOH-terminal fragments of iPTH circulating in ectopic hyperparathyroidism accounts for the previously reported relatively lower total serum iPTH values in this syndrome as compared with primary hyperparathyroidism (Riggs et al. 1971. J. Clin. Invest. 50: 2079); (b) there appears to be sufficient iPTH with presumed biologic activity to account for the hypercalcemia in both syndromes; (c) a large PTH component, not previously recognized in plasma, is present in both ectopic and primary hyperparathyroidism and may exist as the predominant immunoreactive form of the hormone in some patients with ectopic hyperparathyroidism.
PMCID: PMC301537  PMID: 4834887
5.  Pathogenesis of Hypocalcemia in Primary Hypomagnesemia: Normal End-Organ Responsiveness to Parathyroid Hormone, Impaired Parathyroid Gland Function 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1973;52(1):153-160.
Hypocalcemia is a frequent feature of hypomagnesemia in man and several other species. To elucidate the cause of this hypocalcemia, we have studied a child with primary hypomagnesemia and secondary hypocalcemia during magnesium supplementation when he was normomagnesemic and normocalcemic and after magnesium restriction for 16 days when he quickly became hypomagnesemic (0.5 meq/liter) and hypocalcemic (3.4 meq/liter) and had positive Chvostek's and Trousseau's signs.
Whether in the normomagnesemic or hypomagnesemic state, intravenous bovine parathyroid extract (PTE) 8 U. S. P. U/kg promptly caused transient increases in the urinary phosphate excretion, renal phosphate clearance and cyclic AMP excretion. The magnitudes of these responses were similar in the two states, and similar to those observed in a hypoparathyroid patient. When the patient was hypomagnesemic and hypocalcemic, intramuscular PTE, 8 U/kg at 8-h intervals for four doses promptly caused hypercalcemia. The findings indicate that the end-organs were responsive to parathyroid hormone.
The concentrations of serum parathyroid hormone (PTH) were normal in the normomagnesemic state ranging from 0.15 ng/ml to 0.40 ng/ml. Serum PTH did not increase in the hypomagnesemic state in spite of hypocalcemia. Indeed, PTH became unmeasurable in four consecutive samples at the end of the period of magnesium restriction.
The concentrations of serum calcitonin remained unmeasurable (< 0.10 ng/ml) throughout the study, implying that excess calcitonin was not the cause of hypocalcemia in magnesium depletion.
The findings in this study support our thesis that magnesium depletion causes impaired synthesis or secretion of parathyroid hormone. This impairment would account for the hypocalcemia observed in the hypomagnesemic state.
PMCID: PMC302237  PMID: 4345201
6.  Intact parathormone measurement 1 hour after total thyroidectomy as a predictor of symptomatic hypocalcemia 
Objective: Postoperative iPTH assay may predict significant hypocalcemia after thyroid surgery. The present study aimed to evaluate the ability of iPTH assay to monitor parathyroid function and to identify the risk of postoperative hypocalcemia in patients underwent thyroid surgery. Materials and methods: One hundred patients participated in the study (7 male and 93 female). Hypocalcemia was defined as a serum calcium concentration less than 8.0 mg/dL and symptoms of hypocalcemia. Concomitant serum calcium and iPTH levels were measured before operation and at 1st h for iPTH, 24th h for calcium after thyroidectomy. Results: Postoperative hypocalcemia was observed in 31 patients. The mean postoperative serum calcium concentration in normocalcemic patients was 8.8 ± 0.5 mg/dL, whereas it was 7.6 ± 0.3 mg/dL in hypocalcemic patients. The mean postoperative 1st hour iPTH of patients in the hypocalcemia group was 9.1 ± 4.9 pg/mL, whereas patients of the normocalcemia group had a mean postoperative iPTH of 35.8 ± 20.2 pg/mL. Conclusion: Postoperative 1st hour iPTH < 8 pg/mL with drop in iPTH level ≥ 81.5% together showed the highest diagnostic accuracy in predicting postoperative hypocalcemia.
PMCID: PMC4694400  PMID: 26770500
Hypocalcemia; intact parathyroid hormone; thyroid surgery
7.  Serum Intact Parathyroid Hormone Level After Total Thyroidectomy or Total Thyroidectomy Plus Lymph Node Dissection for Thyroid Nodules: Report From 296 Surgical Cases 
Transient hypocalcemia is one of the postoperative complications of thyroidectomy for thyroid nodules, and intraoperative and postoperative intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) assays are used to predict postoperative hypocalcemia.
The current study was conducted to evaluate a single serum iPTH measurement on postoperative day 1 (POD 1) as a means to predict hypocalcemia occurrence after total thyroidectomy (TT).
Patients and Methods
The subjects consisted of 36 patients who underwent TT and 260 patients who underwent TT plus lymph node (LN) dissection for thyroid nodules treatment. The TT performance procedure to prevent postoperative hypoparathyroidism combines parathyroid gland preservation in situ with autotransplantation of resected or devascularized parathyroid glands. The patients’ serum iPTH level was measured on POD 1, and their serum calcium level was measured on POD 1 and on POD 3 while they were still inpatients. The serum iPTH level was subequently measured at each outpatient clinic visit until it recovered to the normal range.
Hypoparathyroidism after TT and TT plus LN dissection was ultimately diagnosed in a total of 229 patients, and in 69 of them hypocalcemia was diagnosed on POD 1. All of the 69 patients diagnosed with hypocalcemia received calcium and vitamin D supplementation therapy. The serum iPTH level of 67 of 229 patients was within normal range on POD 1, and four of them developed hypocalcemia on POD 1. Permanent hypoparathyroidism developed in 37 of 296 patients after undergoing TT or TT plus LN dissection for thyroid nodules in the hospital.
A single serum iPTH measurement on POD 1 is useful to determine whether or not to start calcium and vitamin D supplementation in order to maintain normocalcemia after surgery.
PMCID: PMC3693643  PMID: 23843829
Hypoparathyroidism; Hypocalcemia; Thyroidectomy, Thyroid Nodule; Parathyroid
8.  Immunologic differentiation of primary hyperparathyroidism from hyperparathyroidism due to nonparathyroid cancer 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1971;50(10):2079-2083.
Serum immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (IPTH) was measured by radioimmunoassay in 54 patients with primary hyperparathyroidism and in 18 consecutive patients with ectopic hyperparathyroidism due to nonparathyroid cancer without apparent skeletal metastasis. Although serum calcium concentration was higher in the group with ectopic hyperparathyroidism, serum IPTH was lower (rank sum test, P < 0.001) and was undetectable in eight. A second anti-PTH antiserum also differentiated between IPTH in the two groups, although IPTH was undetectable in only 1 of 14 sera. When IPTH values in serial dilutions were plotted, slopes for the two patients with ectopic hyperparathyroidism who had relatively high IPTH were less (P < 0.001) than slopes for standard hyperparathyroid sera. By using differences in either IPTH rank or slope of the dilutional curve of sera, primary hyperparathyroidism could be excluded as a cause of the hypercalcemia in 16 of the 18 patients with ectopic hyperparathyroidism. The data are interpreted as indicating that PTH-like material in the serum of these patients with ectopic hyperparathyroidism is immunologically different from the PTH in the serum of patients with primary hyperparathyroidism.
PMCID: PMC292141  PMID: 4330004
9.  Etiology of Hyperparathyroidism and Bone Disease during Chronic Hemodialysis. III. EVALUATION OF PARATHYROID SUPPRESSIBILITY 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1973;52(1):173-180.
Parathyroid function was assessed by calcium infusions (4-8 h) in 16 patients with chronic renal insufficiency being treated by long-term hemodialysis. The concentrations of two immunoreactive species of parathyroid hormone in plasma (iPTH-9, mol wt 9500; iPTH-7, mol wt 7000) were estimated by radioimmunoassays utilizing two relatively specific antisera. Control values of the smaller species, iPTH-7, were uniformly high, whereas values of iPTH-9 were normal in 12 of 19 studies. Response of iPTH-7 to calcium infusions was variable, with significant decreases occurring only five times in 27 infusions. Concentrations of iPTH-9, however, decreased during every calcium infusion. In contrast to these acute responses, five of six patients studied during periods of dialysis against both low (< 6 mg/100 ml) and high (7-8 mg/100 ml) calcium concentrations in the dialyzate showed a decrease in values of iPTH-7 during the period of dialysis against the higher calcium concentration. It is concluded that plasma concentrations of iPTH-9 reflect primarily the moment-to-moment secretory status of the parathyroid glands, while concentrations of iPTH-7 reflect more closely chronic parathyroid functional status. It is further concluded that the failure of iPTH-7 to decrease during induced hypercalcemia should not be equated with autonomy of parathyroid gland function.
PMCID: PMC302239  PMID: 4734166
10.  An iPTH based protocol for the prevention and treatment of symptomatic hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy 
The Journal of surgical research  2013;186(1):10.1016/j.jss.2013.09.026.
Symptomatic hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy is a barrier to same day surgery, and the cause of ER visits. A standard protocol of calcium and vitamin D supplementation, dependent on intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) levels, can address this issue. How effective is it? When does it fail?
We performed a retrospective review of the prospective Thyroid Database from January 2006 to December 2010. 620 patients underwent completion (CT) or total thyroidectomy (TT), and followed our post-operative protocol of calcium carbonate administration for iPTH levels ≥10pg/ml and calcium carbonate and 0.25μg calcitriol BID for iPTH <10pg/ml. Calcium and iPTH values, pathology and medication, were compared to evaluate protocol efficacy. A p value <0.05 was considered statistically significant.
Using the protocol, sixty-one (10.2%) patients were chemically hypocalcemic but never developed symptoms and twenty-four (3.9%) patients developed breakthrough symptomatic hypocalcemia. The symptomatic (SX) and asymptomatic (ASX) groups were similar with regard to gender, cancer diagnosis, and pre-operative calcium and iPTH. The symptomatic group was significantly younger (39.6 ± 2.8 vs. 49 ± 0.6 years, p=0.01), with lower post-operative iPTH levels. 33% (n=8) of SX patients had an iPTH ≤5 pg/ml vs. only 6% (n=37) of ASX patients. While the majority of patients with a PTH <5 pg/ml were asymptomatic, 62.5% (n=5) of SX patients with iPTH levels ≤5 pg/ml, required an increased in calcitriol dose to achieve both biochemical correction and symptom relief.
Prophylactic calcium and vitamin D supplementation based on post-operative iPTH levels can minimize symptomatic hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy. An iPTH ≤ 5pg/ml may warrant higher initial doses of calcitriol in order to prevent symptoms.
PMCID: PMC3871885  PMID: 24144426
intact parathyroid hormone; symptomatic; hypocalcemia; protocol
11.  Reversal of Secondary Hyperparathyroidism by Cimetidine in Chronically Uremic Dogs 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1981;67(6):1753-1760.
Chronic cimetidine therapy has been shown to suppress circulating concentrations of immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (iPTH) in hemodialysis patients. To evaluate the long-term metabolic effects of cimetidine treatment, we studied seven chronically uremic dogs for 20 wk. The dogs were studied under metabolic conditions before, during, and after cimetidine therapy. iPTH fell progressively in the five treated dogs from 536±70 μleq/ml (mean±SE) (nl < 100 μleq/ml) before treatment to 291±25 μleq/ml at 12 wk (P < 0.001) and 157±32 μleq/ml at 20 wk (P < 0.001). The control dogs showed no consistent change in iPTH. The fall in iPTH was not associated with a change in serum ionized calcium. However, serum phosphorus decreased from 5.7±0.9 mg/dl to 3.4±0.2 mg/dl by the 20th wk (P < 0.05). By contrast, the serum concentration of 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol increased in all treated dogs from 33.4±4.3 pg/ml to 51.8±2.4 pg/ml during treatment (P < 0.01). Calcium balance was negative in all seven dogs before cimetidine (−347±84 mg/72 h) and remained so in the control dogs; it became positive in the five treated dogs after 12 wk (1,141±409 mg/72 h) (P < 0.05). Phosphorus balance, 24-h fractional phosphate excretion, and creatinine clearance remained unchanged. Pooled samples of serum obtained during the control and 20th wk of therapy were fractionated by gel filtration and the eluates assayed for immunoreactivity. The decrease in iPTH was associated with a decrease in all the immunoreactive species, indicating suppression of parathyroid gland secretion.
These observations indicate that cimetidine suppressed circulating concentration of biologically active parathyroid hormone. A probable net decrease in the loss of phosphorus from bone to blood ensued, resulting in a fall in serum phosphorus. This may have stimulated synthesis of 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol and led to a positive calcium balance, thereby maintaining the serum ionized calcium concentration. The maintenance of phosphate balance, despite suppression of iPTH by cimetidine, indicates that factors other than hyperparathyroidism relate to phosphate homeostasis in chronically uremic dogs.
PMCID: PMC370753  PMID: 7240419
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1983;71(3):572-578.
The physiologic effects of epinephrine on mineral metabolism are not known. In six healthy men, insulin-induced hypoglycemia, a potent stimulus to endogenous epinephrine secretion, resulted in a decrement of 0.9±0.1 mg/dl (mean±SE, P < 0.001) in serum inorganic phosphorus and smaller increments in magnesium and total and ionized calcium. Plasma immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (iPTH) decreased and plasma immunoreactive calcitonin (iCT) increased appropriately with the increments in calcium and magnesium. We wished to determine to what extent these changes in mineral metabolism might be attributable to epinephrine. Therefore, in the same protocol, we infused the hormone over 60 min in these six men, in doses that resulted in steady-state plasma epinephrine concentrations ranging from 52 to 945 pg/ml (levels that span the physiologic range), for a total of 25 studies. Serum ionized calcium, iPTH, and iCT concentrations were unaltered by these physiologic elevations of plasma epinephrine. However, epinephrine resulted in dose-dependent decrements in serum inorganic phosphorus of 0.6±0.1 mg/dl (P < 0.005) for the highest epinephrine infusion rate. The plasma epinephrine concentration threshold for this hypophosphatemic effect was ∼50-100 pg/ml. Thus, the sensitivity of the hypophosphatemic response to epinephrine is comparable to that of the cardiac chronotropic, systolic pressor, and lipolytic responses to epinephrine, and considerably greater than that of the diastolic depressor, glycogenolytic, glycolytic, and ketogenic responses to the hormone in human beings. In view of its rapidity, the hypophosphatemic effect of epinephrine is probably the result of a net shift of phosphate from the extracellular compartment to intracellular compartments. We suggest that it is a direct effect of epinephrine, in that it is not mediated by changes in availability of the primary regulatory hormones PTH and CT, although indirect effects mediated by changes in other hormones, such as insulin, cannot be excluded. The hypophosphatemic response is also not attributable to increments in plasma calcium. These data indicate that epinephrine in physiologic concentrations is a hypophosphatemic hormone in man.
PMCID: PMC436905  PMID: 6402521
13.  Radioimmunoassay of human parathyroid hormone in serum 
A new radioimmunoassay for human parathyroid hormone (PTH) in serum, which can measure the hormone present in 94% of the normal sera tested, is described. It is based on the ability of human PTH to compete with 131I-labeled bovine PTH for binding to an antiserum directed against porcine PTH. This antiserum distinguishes between human PTH extracted from parathyroid adenomata and that present in hyperparathyroid sera. Evidence is given to suggest that this is due to immunochemical changes in the hormone extracted from adenomata and not to immunochemical heterogeneity of the hormone present in serum.
Physiologic data supporting the validity and specificity of the assay are presented. Induced episodes of hypercalcemia and hypocalcemia resulted in appropriate responses in serum immunoreactive PTH (IPTH) in normal subjects and in patients with Paget's disease of bone. In normals, there was a progressive increase in serum IPTH in the late afternoon and evening, suggesting a diurnal secretory rhythm. A negative correlation was found between the serum calcium and serum IPTH over the normal range of serum calcium values; a positive correlation was found between these variables in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism. There was apparent overlap between serum IPTH values in normal subjects and patients with primary hyperparathyroidism, but formal discriminate analysis of values for serum calcium and IPTH demonstrated separation of these two groups, without overlap.
PMCID: PMC291890  PMID: 5543877
14.  Needle aspirate PTH in diagnosis of primary hyperparathyroidism due to intrathyroidal parathyroid cyst 
Parathyroid cysts are rare (0.8–3.41% of all parathyroid lesions) and usually arise secondary to cystic degeneration of parathyroid adenomas. Intrathyroidal parathyroid cysts are extremely rare with only three cases reported till date. We present a 24-year-old female with clinical and biochemical features of primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT; Ca2 +: 12.1 mg/dl; intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH): 1283 pg/ml) and poor radiotracer uptake with minimal residual uptake in the left thyroid lobe at 2 and 4 h on Tc99m sestamibi imaging. Neck ultrasonography (USG) revealed 0.6×1 cm parathyroid posterior left lobe of thyroid along with 22×18 mm simple thyroid cyst. USG-guided fine-needle aspiration (FNA) and needle tip iPTH estimation (FNA-iPTH) from parathyroid lesion was inconclusive (114 pg/ml), necessitating FNA of thyroid cyst, which revealed high iPTH (3480 pg/ml) from the aspirate. The patient underwent a left hemithyroidectomy. A >50% drop in serum iPTH 20 min after left hemithyroidectomy (29.4 pg/ml) along with histopathology suggestive of intrathyroidal cystic parathyroid adenoma (cystic lesion lined by chief cell variant parathyroid cells without any nuclear atypia, capsular or vascular invasion surrounded by normal thyroid follicles) confirmed that the parathyroid cyst was responsible for PHPT. This report highlights the importance of FNA-iPTH in localizing and differentiating a functional parathyroid lesion from nonfunctional tissue in PHPT.
Learning points
Fine-needle aspiration from suspected parathyroid lesion and needle tip iPTH (FNA-iPTH) estimation from the saline washing has an important role in localizing primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT).FNA-iPTH estimation may help in differentiating functional from nonfunctional parathyroid lesion responsible for PHPT.iPTH estimation from aspirate of an intrathyroid cyst is helpful in differentiating intrathyroidal parathyroid cyst from thyroid cyst.
PMCID: PMC3922279  PMID: 24616763
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1974;54(6):1382-1394.
Antibodies to a urea-trichloroacetic acid extract [hPTH-(TCA)] of human parathyroid tumors and to the synthetic NH2-terminal fragments of human parathyroid hormone hPTH-(1-12) and -(1-34) were developed in goats to characterize immunochemically various PTH preparations and to estimate immunoreactive PTH (iPTH) in human sera. They were quantitated on the basis of their capacity to bind [131I]-hPTH-(1-12), [131I]hPTH-(1-34) or [131I]bovine PTH (bPTH-(1-84)). The quality of the antibodies was assessed by reference to inhibition of their interaction with labeled peptides by synthetic hPTH comprising 34 NH2-terminal amino acid residues or fragments thereof [hPTH-(1-12), -(13-34), -(18-34), -(25-34), -(18-24)] or by the Sephadex G-100-purified full-length peptide hPTH-(1-84) [hPTH-(1-84)G-100]. The synthetic peptides used in this work correspond in their structure to the NH2-terminal amino acid sequence 1-34, as elucidated by Brewer and collaborators (1972. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A.69: 3583-3588). Inhibition studies were also carried out with bPTH-(1-34) and bPTH-(1-84). Anti-hPTH-(TCA) exhibited specificities directed to determinants in the COOH-terminal and NH2-terminal part of hPTH-(1-84) and exhibited cross-reactivity with bPTH-(1-84). Anti-hPTH-(1-34), on the other hand, showed immunological specificities mainly directed to antigenic determinants located in the COOH-terminal half of hPTH-(1-34). In addition, some reactivity with the NH2-terminal hPTH-(1-12) and with the extractive full-length peptides of human and bovine origin was observed. Antibodies to hPTH-(1-12) cross-reacted with hPTH-(1-34) and -(1-84)G-100.
iPTH was radioimmunologically determined in human sera by the following systems: (a) [131I]bPTH-(1-84), anti-hPTH-(TCA) and hPTH-(1-84)G-100 as standard; (b) [131I]hPTH-(1-34), anti-hPTH-(1-34) and hPTH-(1-34) as standard. With system (a), COOH-terminal fragments of hPTH-(1-84) having a molecular weight of approximately 7,000 were detected, and there was an almost total discrimination of serum iPTH levels in normal and in hyperparathyroid subjects. With system (b), on the other hand, several molecular species of iPTH were detected, including a component larger than hPTH-(1-84) and others similar to hPTH-(1-84) and to a fragment co-eluting with the NH2-terminal fragment hPTH-(1-34). When serum iPTH was assayed in system (b), there was a large overlap of iPTH levels in control subjects and in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism.
PMCID: PMC301693  PMID: 4474187
16.  Acute Parathyroid Hormone Response to Epinephrine In Vivo 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1973;52(10):2434-2440.
The acute effects of epinephrine, norepinephrine, and isoproterenol on the plasma immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (iPTH) response were studied in 13 550-600 kg cows. Catecholamines were infused for 7.0 min. During epinephrine infusions at 0.08 μmol/min iPTH increased from 0.48±0.12 (mean±SE, ng/ml) to 1.09±0.18 ng/ml (P < 0.02). Small increases in plasma free fatty acids and glucose could be detected with 0.08 μmol/min epinephrine; the iPTH response to epinephrine was as sensitive as the free fatty acid and glucose responses and possibly of physiological importance. Plasma calcium (total and ionized) and magnesium did not change.
The responses were more pronounced at 0.8 μmol/min epinephrine with a mean iPTH increase from 0.49±0.16 ng/ml to 1.74±0.35 ng/ml (P < 0.01). Small decreases in plasma calcium occurred at 0.8 μmol/min epinephrine, but the plasma magnesium remained unchanged. However, when the plasma calcium was lowered with ethylene glycol bis(β-aminoethyl ether)-N, N′-tetraacetic acid (EGTA), a much more pronounced lowering of the plasma calcium was required to produce comparable increases of the plasma iPTH concentrations than when epinephrine was infused. It appears that epinephrine has a direct effect on the release of iPTH from the parathyroid glands.
Simultaneous infusions of calcium and epinephrine suppressed the stimulation by epinephrine. This points towards a common mechanism of the regulation of parathyroid hormone secretion caused by decreases in the extracellular calcium concentration and/or alterations in the distribution of calcium within parathyroid cells following the administration of epinephrine.
The iPTH response to epinephrine was suppressed in the presence of propranolol. Isoproterenol was less active in raising iPTH than epinephrine, and norepinephrine was the least active. The stimulation by isoproterenol and the suppression by propranolol suggest beta adrenergic receptor sites within the parathyroid glands.
PMCID: PMC302502  PMID: 4729041
17.  The Abnormal Phenotypes of Cartilage and Bone in Calcium-Sensing Receptor Deficient Mice Are Dependent on the Actions of Calcium, Phosphorus, and PTH 
PLoS Genetics  2011;7(9):e1002294.
Patients with neonatal severe hyperparathyroidism (NSHPT) are homozygous for the calcium-sensing receptor (CaR) mutation and have very high circulating PTH, abundant parathyroid hyperplasia, and severe life-threatening hypercalcemia. Mice with homozygous deletion of CaR mimic the syndrome of NSHPT. To determine effects of CaR deficiency on skeletal development and interactions between CaR and 1,25(OH)2D3 or PTH on calcium and skeletal homeostasis, we compared the skeletal phenotypes of homozygous CaR–deficient (CaR−/−) mice to those of double homozygous CaR– and 1α(OH)ase–deficient [CaR−/−1α(OH)ase−/−] mice or those of double homozygous CaR– and PTH–deficient [CaR−/−PTH−/−] mice at 2 weeks of age. Compared to wild-type littermates, CaR−/− mice had hypercalcemia, hypophosphatemia, hyperparathyroidism, and severe skeletal growth retardation. Chondrocyte proliferation and PTHrP expression in growth plates were reduced significantly, whereas trabecular volume, osteoblast number, osteocalcin-positive areas, expression of the ALP, type I collagen, osteocalcin genes, and serum ALP levels were increased significantly. Deletion of 1α(OH)ase in CaR−/− mice resulted in a longer lifespan, normocalcemia, lower serum phosphorus, greater elevation in PTH, slight improvement in skeletal growth with increased chondrocyte proliferation and PTHrP expression, and further increases in indices of osteoblastic bone formation. Deletion of PTH in CaR−/− mice resulted in rescue of early lethality, normocalcemia, increased serum phosphorus, undetectable serum PTH, normalization in skeletal growth with normal chondrocyte proliferation and enhanced PTHrP expression, and dramatic decreases in indices of osteoblastic bone formation. Our results indicate that reductions in hypercalcemia play a critical role in preventing the early lethality of CaR−/− mice and that defects in endochondral bone formation in CaR−/− mice result from effects of the marked elevation in serum calcium concentration and the decreases in serum phosphorus concentration and skeletal PTHrP levels, whereas the increased osteoblastic bone formation results from direct effects of PTH.
Author Summary
Mice with homozygous deletion of the calcium-sensing receptor (CaR) mimic the syndrome of neonatal severe hyperparathyroidism (NSHPT) in humans with very high circulating parathyroid hormone (PTH) and severe life-threatening hypercalcemia. To determine effects of CaR deficiency on skeletal development and interactions between CaR and 1,25(OH)2D3 or PTH on calcium and skeletal homeostasis, we compared the skeletal phenotypes of homozygous CaR–deficient mice to those of double homozygous CaR– and 1,25(OH)2D3–deficient mice or those of double homozygous CaR– and PTH–deficient mice. CaR–deficient mice had hypercalcemia, hypophosphatemia, hyperparathyroidism, severe skeletal growth retardation, and abnormalities; and most died within 2 weeks of age. Deletion of 1,25(OH)2D3 in CaR–deficient mice resulted in a longer lifespan, normocalcemia, lower serum phosphorus, greater elevation in PTH, and slight improvement in skeletal growth. Deletion of PTH in CaR–deficient mice resulted in rescue of early lethality, normocalcemia, increased serum phosphorus, and normalization in skeletal growth. Our results indicate that reductions in hypercalcemia reduce the early lethality of CaR–deficient mice and that deletion of PTH in patients with NSHPT may normalize skeletal growth and development.
PMCID: PMC3178615  PMID: 21966280
18.  Correlates of parathyroid hormone concentration in hemodialysis patients 
Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation  2013;28(6):1516-1525.
The implications of chemical hyperparathyroidism on bone and mineral metabolism measures in maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) are not well known. We hypothesized that a higher serum intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) level is associated with the higher likelihood of hyperphosphatemia, hyperphosphatasemia [high serum alkaline phosphatase (ALP) levels] and hypercalcemia.
Over an 8-year period (July 2001–June 2009), we identified 106 760 MHD patients with iPTH and calcium (Ca), phosphorous (P) and ALP data from a large dialysis clinic. Logistic regression models were examined to assess the association between serum iPTH increments and the likelihood of hyperphosphatemia (P ≥5.5 mg/dL), hypercalcemia (Ca ≥10.2 mg/dL) and hyperphosphatasemia (ALP ≥120 U/L).
Patients were 61 ± 16 years old and included 45% women, 59% diabetics and 33% Blacks. Compared with an iPTH level of 100 to <200 pg/mL, patients with an iPTH level of 600–700, 700 to <800 and ≥800 pg/mL had 122% (OR: 2.22, 95% CI: 2.04–2.41), 153% (OR: 2.53, 95% CI: 2.29–2.80) and 243% (OR: 3.43, 95% CI: 3.22–3.66) higher risk of hyperphosphatemia, respectively, and had 109% (OR: 2.09, 95% CI: 1.93–2.26), 130% (OR: 2.30, 95% CI: 2.10–2.52) and 376% (OR: 4.76, 95% CI: 4.50–5.04) higher risk of hyperphosphatasemia, respectively. Compared with an iPTH level of 100 to <200 pg/mL, both the low iPTH (<100 pg/mL, OR: 2.45, 95% CI: 2.27–2.64) and the high iPTH (≥800 pg/mL: OR: 2.13, 95% CI: 1.95–2.33) levels were associated with hypercalcemia.
Higher levels of iPTH are incremental correlates of hyperphosphatemia and hyperphosphatasemia, whereas both very low and high PTH levels are linked to hypercalcemia. If these associations are causal, correction of hyperparathyroidism may have overarching implications on bone and mineral disorders in MHD patients.
PMCID: PMC3685307  PMID: 23348879
hemodialysis; serum alkaline phosphatase; serum calcium; serum intact parathyroid hormone; serum phosphorous
19.  Evidence for Skeletal Resistance to Parathyroid Hormone in Magnesium Deficiency 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1979;64(5):1238-1244.
Hypocalcemia during magnesium (Mg) depletion has been well described, but the precise mechanism(s) responsible for its occurrence is not yet fully understood. The hypocalcemia has been ascribed to decreased parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretion as well as skeletal resistance to PTH. Whereas the former is well established, controversy exists as to whether or not Mg depletion results in skeletal resistance to PTH. These studies examine the skeletal response to PTH in normal dogs and dogs fed a Mg-free diet for 4-6 mo. Isolated tibia from normal (serum Mg 1.83±0.1 mg/100 ml) and experimental dogs (serum Mg 1.34±0.15 mg/100 ml) were perfused with Krebs-Henseleit buffer during a constant infusion of 3 ng/ml of synthetic bovine PTH 1-34 (syn b-PTH 1-34). The arteriovenous (A-V) difference for immunoreactive PTH (iPTH) across seven normal bones was 37.5±3%. In contrast, the A-V difference for iPTH was markedly depressed to 10.1±1% across seven bones from Mg-depleted dogs. These findings correlated well with a biological effect (cyclic AMP [cAMP] production) of syn b-PTH 1-34 on bone. In control bones, cAMP production rose from a basal level of 5.8±0.2 to 17.5±0.7 pmol/min after syn b-PTH 1-34 infusion. In experimental bones, basal cAMP production was significantly lower than in controls, 4.5±0.1 pmol/min, and increased to only 7.1±0.4 pmol/min after syn b-PTH 1-34 infusion. Even when PTH concentrations were increased to 20 ng/ml, cAMP production by experimental bones was lower than in control bones perfused with 3 ng/ml. Histological examination of bones from Mg-deficient dogs showed a picture compatible with skeletal inactivity. These studies demonstrate decreased uptake of iPTH and diminished cAMP production by bone, which indicates skeletal resistance to PTH in chronic Mg deficiency.
PMCID: PMC371269  PMID: 227929
20.  Immunoheterogeneity of Parathyroid Hormone in Venous Effluent Serum from Hyperfunctioning Parathyroid Glands 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1977;60(6):1367-1375.
The immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (iPTH) in the plasma of hyperparathyroid man consists largely of carboxyl (COOH)-terminal fragments of the hormone. Although these fragments have been thought to arise principally or solely from peripheral metabolism of intact human PTH {hPTH(1-84)} secreted from the parathyroid gland, there is disagreement about the source of iPTH fragments in vivo.
To reexamine this question, we fractionated peripheral and thyroid or parathyroid venous effluent sera from four patients with primary hyperparathyroidism using a high-resolution gel filtration system (Bio-Gel P-150 columns run by reverse flow). The column effluents were analyzed using two PTH radioimmunoassays, one directed toward the amino(NH2)-terminal region of the molecule, the other toward the COOH-terminal region.
In all four thyroid or parathyroid venous effluent sera studied, iPTH was 9-180 times higher than in peripheral serum from the same patient; after fractionation, hPTH(1-84) accounted for only a portion of the total iPTH (35-55% with the assay directed toward the COOH-terminal region of hPTH, >90% with the NH2-terminal directed assay.) The remaining iPTH eluted from Bio-Gel P-150 after hPTH(1-84) as NH2-or COOH-terminal hPTH fragments. These results suggest that parathyroid tumors secrete large quantities of hPTH fragments. Based on estimates of their molar concentrations in serum, tumor-secreted COOH-terminal hPTH fragments could account for most of these peptides in peripheral serum if their survival times were, as estimated by several other workers, 5-10 times that of hPTH(1-84).
We conclude that, in contrast to published information, secretory products of hyperfunctioning parathyroid tissue are probably a major source of serum PTH immunoheterogeneity.
PMCID: PMC372494  PMID: 915003
21.  Treatment of renal osteodystrophy with 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol. 
Nine patients with renal osteodystrophy were tested for 6.5 to 35 months with 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol (1,25-DHCC). A close biochemical follow-up was performed during the first 6 months of treatment, including biweekly determinations of serum calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, alkaline phosphatase and creatinine levels. A bone biopsy, radiologic investigations and determinations of plasma levels of immunoreactive parathyroid hormone (IPTH) and intestinal absorption of calcium 47 were performed before and after the 6 months. Although the five patients with osteitis fibrosa showed a significant improvement, the four with predominantly osteomalacic lesions showed no response to treatment. These four had a normal initial plasma iPTH level, higher serum calcium levels than the other five patients, extreme sensitivity to 1,25-DHCC, with frequent episodes of hypercalcemia, and only a slightly increased serum alkaline phosphatase level, which remained unchanged during treatment. All but one of the patients, irrespective of the histologic abnormality, showed a decrease in the uptake of radionuclide by bone after treatment. The renal function of one patient, a man with long-standing stable renal failure who had not undergone dialysis, deteriorated during treatment.
PMCID: PMC1705195  PMID: 6894103
22.  Secretion of Parathyroid Hormone in Patients with Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma 
Journal of Clinical Investigation  1974;54(2):416-420.
The secretion of parathyroid hormone (PTH) and calcitonin (CT) was studied in 30 patients with medullary thyroid carcinoma. Most patients with elevated levels of CT were normocalcemic and also had normal basal levels of PTH. Five of six patients with associated hyperparathyroidism were hypercalcemic and had elevated basal PTH levels. Hormone secretion was also studied during infusions with standard and low doses of calcium. PTH unexpectedly increased during 12 of 18 calcium infusions. Such a paradoxical increase in PTH was seen in those patients with the greatest increase in CT and the least increase in calcium during the calcium infusion. Accordingly, increases in PTH concentration during the calcium infusions could be correlated directly with increases in CT and correlated inversely with increases in calcium. These observations suggest that, in some patients with medullary thyroid carcinoma, a further increase in the abnormally elevated CT levels may stimulate PTH secretion. Therefore, at least in acute studies, there may be a functional, as well as a genetic, relationship between the secretion of these two hormones in patients with this thyroid tumor.
PMCID: PMC301569  PMID: 4847251
23.  Efficacy and safety of oral doxercalciferol in the management of secondary hyperparathyroidism in chronic kidney disease stage 4 
Indian Journal of Nephrology  2013;23(4):271-275.
This study was carried out to evaluate the efficacy and safety of doxercalciferol as therapy for secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) stage 4 in a prospective clinical trial. A total of 35 CKD-4 patients who had a baseline parathyroid hormone (iPTH) >150 pg/mL and had not received any vitamin D analog in the preceding 8 weeks were followed up at intervals of 6 weeks for 18 weeks on oral therapy with doxercalciferol. The starting dose was 1.5 μg/day, and the dose was increased in steps of 1 μg/day if iPTH did not decrease by at least 30% on the subsequent visit. Doxercalciferol was stopped temporarily if low iPTH (<70 pg/mL), hypercalcemia (>10.7 mg/dL), or severe hyperphosphatemia (>8.0 mg/dL) occurred, and was restarted at a lower dose on reversal of these abnormalities. Calcium acetate was the only phosphate binder used. Mean iPTH decreased by 35.4 ± 4.4% from 381.7 ± 31.3 pg/mL to 237.9 ± 25.7 pg/mL (P < 0.001). The proportion of patients who achieved 30% and 50% suppression of iPTH levels was 83% and 72%, respectively. Mean serum calcium, phosphorus, and calcium-phosphorus product values did not differ significantly from the baseline values. Four, two, and nine patients developed hypercalcemia, severe hyperphosphatemia, and high CaxP (>55), respectively. Almost all patients recovered to an acceptable level within 2 weeks of stopping doxercalciferol and adjusting the phosphate binder dose. In all, 21 patients required temporary stoppage of therapy. Most of them were restarted on therapy at a reduced dose during the study. It can, therefore, be concluded that doxercalciferol is effective in controlling SHPT in CKD-4 patients with an acceptable risk of hyperphosphatemia and hypercalcemia.
PMCID: PMC3741971  PMID: 23960343
Chronic kidney disease; doxercalciferol; parathyroid hormone; pre-dialysis; secondary hyperparathyroidism; vitamin D
24.  Correlation of vitamin D, bone mineral density and parathyroid hormone levels in adults with low bone density 
Indian Journal of Orthopaedics  2013;47(4):402-407.
Bone mineral densiy (BMD) is known to be affected by serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH) D) levels, intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) levels. Indian data pertinent to above observation is scant. Our study aimed to investigate the relationships between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH) D) levels, intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) levels and bone mineral density (BMD) in a cohort of Indian patients.
Materials and Methods:
Adults with or without fragility fractures with low BMD at the hip or lumbar spine were evaluated clinically along with laboratory investigations. T-scores of the hip and spine were derived from BMD-DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry). Multivariate regression models were used to investigate the relationships between serum 25(OH) D, iPTH and BMD.
Total of 102 patients (male:female = 38:64) with a mean age of 62.5 ± 6.4 years were included in the study. Forty-four patients had osteopenia. Osteoporosis was present in 58 patients. The mean values for serum 25(OH) D and iPTH levels were 21.3 ± 0.5 ng/ml and 53.1 ± 22.3 pg/ml, respectively. In 84.3% of patients, serum 25(OH) D levels were below 30 ng/ml (Normal = 30-74 ng/ml), confirming vitamin D deficiency. There was no association between 25(OH) D levels and BMD at the hip or lumbar spine (P = 0.473 and 0.353, respectively). Both at the hip and lumbar spine; iPTH levels, male gender, body mass index (BMI) and age were found to be significant predictors of BMD. Patients with higher BMI had significantly lower BMD and T-score. At levels <30 ng/ml, 25(OH) D was negatively associated with iPTH (P = 0.041).
Among our cohort of patients with low BMD, no direct relationship between serum 25(OH) D levels and BMD was observed. However, a negative correlation between iPTH and 25(OH) D at serum 25(OH) D concentrations <30 ng/ml. Serum iPTH levels showed a significant negative association with BMD at the hip and lumbar spine. Our findings underscore the critical role of parathyroid hormone in bone metabolism and health.
PMCID: PMC3745696  PMID: 23960286
Bone mineral density; osteoporosis; parathyroid hormone; vitamin D
25.  Urinary cyclic AMP analyzed as a function of the serum calcium and parathyroid hormone in the idfferential diagnosis of hypercalcemia. 
Urinary cyclic AMP (UcAMP) appropriate for the serum calcium concentration was determined in normal subjects during the base-line state and during alteration in their serum calcium concentrations by saline and calcium infusions. This was compared to the UcAMP in 76 patients with hypercalcemia and 5 patients with hypocalcemia. In 54 of 56 patients with primary hyperparathyroidism, the UcAMP was inappropriately high for their serum calcium concentration, the 2 exceptions having renal failure. In four patients with vitamin D intoxication, sarcoidosis, milkalkali syndrome, and thiazide-induced hypercalcemia and in five patients with hypocalcemia due to hypoparathyroidism, the UcAMP was appropriately low for their serum calcium concentration. In 16 patients with nonparathyroid neoplasms, 10 had UcAMP levels that were inappropriately high suggesting ectopic parathyroid hormone (PTH)-mediated hypercalcemia and 6 had UcAMP levels that were appropriately low suggesting that their hypercalcemia was due to osteolytic factors other than PTH. Correlations between UcAMP, serum calcium concentration, and carboxyl-terminal immunoreactive PTH suggest that random UcAMP is a sensitive accurate reflection of circulating biologically active PTH. If there is adequate renal function (serum creatinine concentration less than 2.0 mg/dl), a random UcAMP expressed as mumol/g creatinine and analyzed as a function of the serum calcium concentration completely separates patients with PTH and non-PTH-mediated hypercalcemia.
PMCID: PMC333327  PMID: 187621

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