0

The full content of Annals is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >
Articles |

Conjugated Estrogens in the Treatment of Postmenopausal Women with Hyperparathyroidism

ROBERT MARCUS, M.D.; PHILIP MADVIG, M.D.; MARILYN CRIM, M.D., Ph.D.; ALLAN PONT, M.D.; and JON KOSEK, M.D.
[+] Article and Author Information

Grant support: by the National Institutes of Health, grant no. AG01312.

▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Robert Marcus, M.D.; Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center 182-B, Veterans Administration Medical Center, 3801 Miranda Avenue; Palo Alto, CA 94304.


Palo Alto, Stanford, and San Francisco, California


Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(5):633-640. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-100-5-633
Text Size: A A A

Fourteen postmenopausal women with mild hyperparathyroidism were given conjugated estrogens. Serum calcium levels became normal and urinary calcium excretion was reduced for up to 2 years in ten patients taking an average dose of 1.25 mg of estrogen daily. Hypercalcemia returned quickly when therapy was interrupted. Estrogen did not systematically alter serum immunoreactive parathyroid hormone or calcitriol levels or urinary excretion of cyclic adenosine monophosphate. Significant reductions in urinary hydroxyproline and serum alkaline phosphatase activity during estrogen therapy indicate that the major effect of therapy was to decrease bone turnover. Iliac crest biopsy specimens taken before estrogen therapy showed normal trabecular bone volume and excessive osteoid seams. Follow-up biopsy specimens were taken from six patients after 1 year on therapy. Bone volume remained stable, but hyperosteoidosis had improved in only one patient. Without understanding the long-term impact of untreated mild hyperparathyroidism on bone, the benefits of estrogen therapy on bone remain uncertain. However, therapy with conjugated estrogens provides sustained control of serum and urine calcium in most women with hyperparathyroidism and is a reasonable alternative in patients who are not surgical candidates.

Figures

Tables

References

Letters

NOTE:
Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).

Comments

Submit a Comment
Submit a Comment

Summary for Patients

Clinical Slide Sets

Terms of Use

The In the Clinic® slide sets are owned and copyrighted by the American College of Physicians (ACP). All text, graphics, trademarks, and other intellectual property incorporated into the slide sets remain the sole and exclusive property of the ACP. The slide sets may be used only by the person who downloads or purchases them and only for the purpose of presenting them during not-for-profit educational activities. Users may incorporate the entire slide set or selected individual slides into their own teaching presentations but may not alter the content of the slides in any way or remove the ACP copyright notice. Users may make print copies for use as hand-outs for the audience the user is personally addressing but may not otherwise reproduce or distribute the slides by any means or media, including but not limited to sending them as e-mail attachments, posting them on Internet or Intranet sites, publishing them in meeting proceedings, or making them available for sale or distribution in any unauthorized form, without the express written permission of the ACP. Unauthorized use of the In the Clinic slide sets will constitute copyright infringement.

Toolkit

Buy Now

to gain full access to the content and tools.

Want to Subscribe?

Learn more about subscription options

Advertisement
Related Articles
Related Point of Care
Topic Collections
PubMed Articles
Forgot your password?
Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a reminder to the email address on record.
(Required)
(Required)