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Primary hyperparathyroidism: a rare endocrinopathy in children. Two case reports

Agnieszka Walczyk, Mieczysław Szalecki, Aldona Kowalska
Endokrynologia Polska 2011;62(4):346-350.

open access

Vol 62, No 4 (2011)
Case report
Published online: 2011-08-30
Submitted: 2013-02-15

Abstract

Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is thought to be a common disease in adults. However, it is a rare endocrine disorder in children and adolescents. We report two cases of primary hyperparathyroidism in children diagnosed at the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes (EU and D) in the Children’s Hospital (ChH), Kielce. The clinical course of the disease in these cases was fundamentally dissimilar, which confirms the observation that this rare endocrinopathy in children presents various clinical profiles, leading to diagnostic difficulties. In the first case, the severe course of PHPT was observed with signs suggesting a hypercalcemic crisis. In the second case, the patient was in a good condition with a mild hypercalcemia and symptoms limited to the skeleton, due to early identification of the disease. We believe these cases indicate the significant role of calcemia determination as a screening test in the diagnosis of PHPT, including in children.
(Pol J Endocrinol 2011; 62 (4): 346–350)

Abstract

Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is thought to be a common disease in adults. However, it is a rare endocrine disorder in children and adolescents. We report two cases of primary hyperparathyroidism in children diagnosed at the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes (EU and D) in the Children’s Hospital (ChH), Kielce. The clinical course of the disease in these cases was fundamentally dissimilar, which confirms the observation that this rare endocrinopathy in children presents various clinical profiles, leading to diagnostic difficulties. In the first case, the severe course of PHPT was observed with signs suggesting a hypercalcemic crisis. In the second case, the patient was in a good condition with a mild hypercalcemia and symptoms limited to the skeleton, due to early identification of the disease. We believe these cases indicate the significant role of calcemia determination as a screening test in the diagnosis of PHPT, including in children.
(Pol J Endocrinol 2011; 62 (4): 346–350)
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Keywords

primary hyperparathyroidism in children; hypertension; diabetes

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Title

Primary hyperparathyroidism: a rare endocrinopathy in children. Two case reports

Journal

Endokrynologia Polska

Issue

Vol 62, No 4 (2011)

Pages

346-350

Published online

2011-08-30

Bibliographic record

Endokrynologia Polska 2011;62(4):346-350.

Keywords

primary hyperparathyroidism in children
hypertension
diabetes

Authors

Agnieszka Walczyk
Mieczysław Szalecki
Aldona Kowalska

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