DENNIS A. TAYLOR, M.D.; FRED J. PALMER, M.D.; THOMAS M. SAWYERS, M.D.
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To the editor: We have read with interest the recent reports of apparent radiation-induced hyperparathyroidism (1, 2). The reported fraction of hyperparathyroidism associated with radiation therapy to the neck is 14% to 30% (3, 4). Parathyroid lesions have included adenomas and hyperplasia.
We have reviewed 66 cases of hyperparathyroidism seen by us over the last 4 years. Of the 66 patients, 44 (67%) were women (mean age, 55 years; range, 28 to 78 years) and 22 (33%) were men (mean age, 53 years; range, 36 to 65 years). Six patients (9%) had received antecedent radiation therapy to the neck, one
TAYLOR DA, PALMER FJ, SAWYERS TM. Neck Radiation and Hyperparathyroidism. Ann Intern Med. ;89:1012–1013. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-89-6-1012_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;89(6):1012-1013.
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