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Parathyroid Carcinoma, a Rare Entity with Varying Presentation and Treatment

Ronald W Ter Haar, Gerlof D Valk, Inne HM Borel Rinkes, Menno R Vriens

Citation Information : Haar RW, Valk GD, Rinkes IH, Vriens MR. Parathyroid Carcinoma, a Rare Entity with Varying Presentation and Treatment. World J Endoc Surg 2010; 2 (1):33-36.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10002-1018

Published Online: 01-12-2012

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2010; The Author(s).



Parathyroid carcinoma is a rare entity that has diverse presentation and diverse treatments. This case-series highlights the atypical and diverse presentation of parathyroid carcinoma and stresses the importance of the diagnostic approach and intraoperative strategy.


We report three patients with parathyroid cancer.


In one patient, a parathyroid lesion was found to be a parathyroid carcinoma intraoperatively, resulting in a change of operative strategy. In another, parathyroid carcinoma was suspected preoperatively and was treated accordingly. A third patient presented with an already a metastasized parathyroid carcinoma.


The diagnostic approach and intraoperative strategy are instrumental to determining the best treatment and yielding the best outcome.

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