[Is there any association between the location of the parathyroid adenoma and the presence of nephrolithiasis in primary hyperparathyroidism?]


FEBRUARY 20, 2003

Ca&Bone - 2003;6(01)

[INTRODUCTION - The majority of patients with primary hyperparathyroidism recurrently produce kidney stones, while the rest have other clinical manifestations (metabolic bone disease, acute pancreatitis, depression, etc.).The aim of this study was to examine whether there is any association between the clinical symptoms and the location of adenoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS - The records of 91 patients (10 males, 81 females, mean age: 61.9 years, range: 20-70 ys) operated for primary hyperparathyroidism between 1995 and 2000 were retrospectively evaluated. One patient was excluded from the study because of parathyroid cancer. Nephrolithiasis was noted in 55 cases and other clinical symptoms in 35 cases. The diagnosis of pHPT was confirmed by the surgery, which also determined the precise location of the adenoma. RESULTs - In the kidney stone group, the adenoma was located in the left inferior parathyroid gland in 50 cases (91 %), (χ2=67.5, p<0,00001), in the left superior parathyroid gland in 2 patients, while in 3 patients multiple hyperplasia was found. In the group without nephrolithiasis the adenoma was located in the right inferior parathyroid gland in 24 patients (69 %), (χ2=43.9, p<0,0001), while in 3 patients each it was detected in the left and right superior parathyroid gland, respectively. Multiple hyperplasia was also observed in 3 patients and ectopic location in 2 patients. CONCLUSION - The results raise the possibility that the clinical manifestation of the pHPT, i.e., whether it is or is not accompanied with nephrolithiasis, may be influenced by the location of the adenoma.This suggests that either the biological effects of the parathyroid hormone or its biologically active hormone fragments are different according to in which of the four glands it is produced.Therefore, we recommend that in patients with kidney stones where the preoperative imaging fails to reveal the location of the adenoma, during surgery the search for the adenoma should be started at the left inferior parathyroid gland.]


  1. Budavári Önkormányzat Egészségügyi Szolgálat
  2. Flór Ferenc Kórház, Reumatológiai Osztály, Kistarcsa
  3. Semmelweis Egyetem, Általános Orvosi Kar, I. sz. Belgyógyászati Klinika, Budapest
  4. Semmelweis Egyetem, I. Sz. Sebészeti Klinika, Budapest
  5. Semmelweis Egyetem,Transzplantációs és Sebészeti Klinika, Budapest



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[INTRODUCTION - Parathyroid hormone (PTH) excretion is increased both in primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) and in pseudohypoparathyroidism type Ia (PHP Ia). Pseudo-pseudohypoparathyroidism (P-PHP) is considered to be the normocalcemic form of pseudohypoparathyroidism type Ia. Our aim was to assess bone mineral content and bone quality as well as to determine whether these parameters are related to PTH levels in the above mentioned disorders. PATIENTS AND METHOD - 10 patients with pseudopseudohypoparathyroidism (P-PHP, age: 41.6 ±5.4 ys) were compared to 10 patients with primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) and to 10 healthy subjects, matched for age and gender. Moreover, nine patients with pseudohypoparathyroidism type Ia (PHP, age: 34.2 ±5.43 ys) were compared to nine age- and gender-matched patients with primary hyperparathyroidism and to nine healthy controls, respectively.The occurrence of previous bone fractures was recorded and bone mass was measured (by dual photon absorptiometry on the axial bones and by single photon absorptiometry on the forearm). Quantitative ultrasound (QUS) examination was performed both on the calcaneus by broadband ultrasound attenuation (BUA, dB/MHz) and speed of sound (SOS, m/s) measurements and on the proximal phalanges by amplitude-dependent speed of sound (AdSOS, m/s) measurements. In addition, some laboratory parameters of calcium metabolism were tested. RESULTS - No difference was found between PHP Ia and pHPT in bone mass.The lowest value was observed at the radius. Among the QUS parameters, pathologically low AdSOS was found at the phalanges in PHP Ia and it was lower than in pHPT patients, whereas at the calcaneus BUA showed a similar tendency. Bone mass did not significantly differ between P-PHP and healthy controls, it was decreased, however, at the forearm in the patients. Pathological AdSOS was found in P-PHP, which was lower than in pHPT. SOS at the calcaneus was lower in P-PHP than in pHPT, though it was not considered pathological. Laboratory results were typical for the diseases and the radiological examinations confirmed the diagnosis. Bone fractures occurred in three and two patients with PHP Ia and P-PHP, respectively, while no fractures were recorded in the pHPT and healthy groups. CONCLUSION - Bone loss among patients with PHP Ia is considered to be the impact of PTH excess on bone tissue.The deterioration of bone quality and architecture may play a role in the development of bone fractures.]

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