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Parathyroid Adenoma Presenting as Acute Pancreatitis

Shaoni D Sanyal, Safika Zaman, Ajitesh Roy, Ranjan Raychowdhury

Keywords : Gallstones, Hypercalcemia, Parathyroid adenoma, Parathyroid neoplasms, Primary hyperparathyroidism

Citation Information : Sanyal SD, Zaman S, Roy A, Raychowdhury R. Parathyroid Adenoma Presenting as Acute Pancreatitis. World J Endoc Surg 2021; 13 (1):32-34.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10002-1318

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 20-11-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; The Author(s).


Aim: To discuss an unusual presentation of parathyroid adenoma with management. Background: Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is characterized by hypercalcemia with elevated levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH). Parathyroid adenoma is the underlying cause in 85% of patients with PHPT. Case description: A 49-year-old woman presented with acute abdominal pain and was diagnosed to have acute pancreatitis. Routine investigations revealed hypercalcemia (serum calcium > 14 mg/dL) and elevated PTH (1,440 pg/mL). Initial ultrasound imaging of the neck showed an ill-defined hypoechoic space-occupying lesion with a cystic component in the lower pole of the right lobe of the thyroid gland. This was followed by a Sestamibi scan and SPECT CT. The patient underwent surgery after proper preoperative preparation. The level of PTH was reduced to 293 pg/mL on the first postoperative day. Serum calcium measured remained within normal limits. Conclusion: Pancreatitis is a rare presentation of parathyroid adenoma, but the diagnosis must be kept in mind while treating patients. Clinical significance: Patients with recurrent unexplainable pancreatitis should be worked up for parathyroid adenoma.

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