Elevated parathyroid hormone levels after parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism

Aviram Mizrachi, Hanna Gilat, Gideon Bachar, Raphael Feinmesser, Thomas Shpitzer*

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Background. Curative parathyroidectomy is associated with elevated levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH) with eucalcemia. This study sought to determine the frequency, clinical significance, and risk factors of this finding. Methods. Seventy-six consecutive patients surgically treated for primary hyperparathyroidism due to a single parathyroid adenoma in 2006 to 2007 were monitored for 1 month postoperatively; those with elevated PTH levels (>70 pg/mL) were monitored for 18 months. Results. Nineteen patients (25%) had high postoperative PTH levels with normal calcium levels. Compared with the remaining patients, this group had a significantly higher average preoperative PTH level (224.89 vs 156.86 pg/mL) and a lesser intraoperative decrease in PTH. Conclusions. About 25% of eucalcemic patients may have elevated PTH levels after parathyroidectomy. A high preoperative PTH level (>225 pg/mL) may predict a persistently high postoperative level. Evaluation of blood and urine calcium, bone density, and cardiac function should be considered in affected patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1456-1460
Number of pages5
JournalHead and Neck
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2009


  • Calcium, bone turnover
  • Parathyroid hormone
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Primary hyperparathyroidism


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