ALLAN PONT, M.D.; MAURICE FOX, M.D.; RONALD C. MERRELL, M.D.; ERIC GOLDMAN, M.D.; HEWLETT LEE, M.D.; DAVID D. OAKES, M.D.
In 1936 Goldman and Smyth (1) reported the first cases of hyperparathyroidism in siblings. It is now generally accepted that familial hyperparathyroidism can occur both with (2) and without (3) other components of the multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes. In 1958, Snapper and colleagues (4) documented the only previous example of hyperparathyroidism in twins. We recently encountered identical twins with hyperparathyroidism. One of the brothers became hypoparathyroid after surgery for a parathyroid adenoma. When his twin brother's parathyroid adenoma was removed, fragments of it were transplanted into the hypoparathyroid patient's right forearm restoring him to normocalcemia.
In December 1980 a 22-year-old
PONT A, FOX M, MERRELL RC, GOLDMAN E, LEE H, OAKES DD. Hyperparathyroidism in Twins. Ann Intern Med. ;97:721–722. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-97-5-721
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;97(5):721-722.
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