EDWIN M. KNIGHTS, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.S.C.P.; EDUARDO PHILLIPS, M.D., F.A.C.S.
To the editor: Tony Christensson's report (Ann Intern Med 89:216-217, 1978) on the possible relation between hyperparathyroidism and previous neck irradiation is timely. It is becoming increasingly apparent that parathyroid abnormalities, as well as thyroid carcinoma, can be a sequel to such irradiation. They may occur simultaneously, as illustrated by a case we recently encountered.
A 53-year-old housewife was found on routine examination to have a mass about 0.2 cm. in diameter on the anterior right side of her neck. A 1-cm mass was also felt in the left lobe of the thyroid. Both moved upward with swallowing and were
KNIGHTS EM, PHILLIPS E. Thyroid and Parathyroid Lesions After Radiation. Ann Intern Med. 1978;89:725–726. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-89-5-725_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(5_Part_1):725-726.
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