JEROME V. TREUSCH, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Hypoparathyroidism most commonly occurs following those cases of thyroid surgery where inadvertent damage to, or removal of, the parathyroid glands has taken place.1 From the study of such cases and their experimental counterparts in animals, most of the known facts of the physiology and therapy of hypoparathyroidism have been worked out. Much less commonly, hypoparathyroidism is idiopathic, developing without preceding surgery and without other apparent cause.
Actually, if the criteria for the diagnosis of idiopathic hypoparathyroidism are adhered to strictly, there are less than 100 recorded cases.2, 3, 4 These fall into two general groups: a childhood-adolescent group, and
TREUSCH JV. IDIOPATHIC HYPOPARATHYROIDISM: REPORT OF AN UNUSUAL CASE1. Ann Intern Med. ;46:956–964. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-46-5-956
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1957;46(5):956-964.
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