Giant intrathyroidal parathyroid adenoma

Ramon Vilallonga, Carlos Zafón, Raul Migone, Juan Antonio Baena

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Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is not an uncommon endocrine disorder. However, acute primary hyperparathyroidism, or parathyroid crisis (PC), is a rare clinical entity characterized by life-threatening hypercalcemia of a sudden onset in patients with PHPT. We describe a patient with PC who presented with acute worsening of depressive symptoms, nausea and vomiting, and required emergency surgery. Serum calcium, alkaline phosphatase, and parathyroid hormone were elevated and serum phosphorus was low. An emergency hemithyroidectomy was performed because of none medical control of hypercalcemia. A giant intrathyroidal parathyroid adenoma was diagnosed. PHTP can be a life-threatening situation for patients, requiring immediate surgical treatment. A giant intrathyroidal parathyroid adenoma is an uncommon cause of PC. © 2010 Expert Reviews Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)196-198
JournalJournal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012


  • Acute primary hyperparathyroidism
  • hemithyroidectomy
  • intrathyroidal parathyroid adenoma
  • parathyroid crisis
  • parathyroid glands


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