I. J. KOPIN, M.D.; I. N. ROSENBERG, M.D.
Idiopathic hypoparathyroidism is uncommon. Steinberg and Waldron,1 reviewing the literature in 1952, found only 52 cases satisfying their diagnostic criteria. Only four of these cases came to autopsy. On reviewing the literature since 1952, we have encountered reports of 56 additional cases,2-35b in three of which autopsies were done. A case presenting the clinical features of idiopathic hypoparathyroidism which terminated in death, and in which postmortem examination revealed the presence of a parathyroid gland, has recently been observed by us.
A 79 year old Italian-born, retired, widowed janitor was admitted to the Boston City Hospital on April 17,
KOPIN IJ, ROSENBERG IN. IDIOPATHIC HYPOPARATHYROIDISM: REPORT OF A CASE WITH AUTOPSY FINDINGS1. Ann Intern Med. ;53:1238–1249. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-53-6-1238
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1960;53(6):1238-1249.
Endocrine and Metabolism, Parathyroid Disorders.
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