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Hyperparathyroidism and Radiation Therapy

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Stockholm, Sweden

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Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(2):216-217. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-89-2-216
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Hypercalcaemic hyperparathyroidism has been diagnosed more commonly in recent years. This reflects an increasing awareness of and a growing interest in the disease. In the search for possible aetiologic mechanisms behind the development of parathyroid adenomata, certain environmental factors have been suggested. This study indicates that a significantly (p < 0.01) greater number of patients who had parathyroid adenomata had previously undergone radiation therapy involving the neck region compared with normocalcaemic control subjects. The observed and controlled cases originate from a medical screening programme done as part of a health check-up including almost 16 000 persons in the Stockholm area. It is recommended that special attention to a past history of possible neck irradiation be paid in subjects suspected of suffering from hyperparathyroidism.





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