Primary hyperparathyroidism: What every orthopedic surgeon should know

S. Singhal, C. A. Johnson, R. Udelsman

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The diagnosis of hyperparathyroidism should rarely by missed by the orthopedic surgeon. When a patient presents with a pathologic fracture, routine serum calcium should be obtained. If there is evidence of elevated serum calcium or any of the pathognomonic findings of primary hyperparathyroidism on plain radiographs, total and ionized calcium and an intact parathyroid hormone levels should be obtained to make the diagnosis (Figure 5). When patients require surgical treatment for an orthopedic condition and also need surgery for phyperparathyroidism, the procedures can be safely performed simultaneously. Simultaneous parathyroidectomy corrects the underlying endocrinopathy, thereby improving the outcome of the orthopedic procedure. In addition, these procedures can easily be performed simultaneously under one anesthetic and thereby minimize cost and length of hospitalization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1003-1009
Number of pages7
Issue number10
StatePublished - Nov 20 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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