Early parathyroidectomy increases bone mineral density in patients with mild primary hyperparathyroidism: A prospective and randomized study

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Background. There is an ongoing controversy regarding how to take care of patients with mild primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) and how to grade their disease activity in terms of bone parameters. This prospective and randomized study was undertaken to evaluate skeletal effects of delayed surgical treatment in such patients. Methods. Fifty patients with mild PHPT (serum calcium, 2.55 to 2.95 mmol/L, 10.2 to 11.8 mg/dL) were randomized to parathyroidectomy either at diagnosis or 1 year later. Hip and spine bone mineral density (BMD, determined by dual energy x-ray absorptiometry), bone alkaline phosphatase in serum, osteocalcin and P-CrossLaps in plasma, and calcium in urine were measured in all patients at inclusion in the study and 1 and 2 years later. Results. The skeletal effects of mild PHPT varied with anatomy and time of exposure. Parathyroidectomy decreased all biochemical bone markers (P <.0001) and increased lumbar spine BAW (P <.05) equally in both groups, even in patients without overt osteoporosis, whereas hip BAM was increased (P <.05) in the early intervention group only. Conclusion. Prolonged exposure to mild and seemingly stable PHPT is a risk factor for hip fractures, which adds to other reasons for surgical treatment of this condition without delay regardless of serum calcium levels.


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  • Surgery
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1281-1287
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Pathology (Malmö) (013031000), Clinical Chemistry, Malmö (013016000), Surgery (013242200), Emergency medicine/Medicine/Surgery (013240200), Surgery Research Unit (013242220)