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Parathyromatosis and Recurrent Hyperparathyroidism

Eric J. Lentsch, MD; Kirk P. Withrow, BS; Douglas Ackermann, MD; Jeffrey M. Bumpous, MD
Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2003;129(8):894-896. doi:10.1001/archotol.129.8.894.
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Parathyromatosis is an uncommon cause of hypercalcemia. We describe a case of parathyromatosis and hypercalcemia in a 38-year-old man with a history of end-stage renal disease and subtotal parathyroidectomy in which a previous parathyroid operation was implicated. The results of fine-needle aspiration and histologic examination demonstrated a neck mass consistent with parathyromatosis. We discuss parathyromatosis as a rare cause of recurrent hypercalcemia in patients with end-stage renal disease and in those who have undergone previous parathyroid operations. We also characterize the iatrogenic and the embryologic pathogenetic factors involved.

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Histologic examination of the nodules showed well-circumscribed nests of cytologically benign and densely packed parathyroid chief cells with no stromal fat (hematoxylin-eosin, original magnification ×100).

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No cytological atypia, mitotic activity, or giant cells were noted in the specimen (hematoxylin-eosin, original magnification ×400).

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