Coexistence of thyroid carcinoma and secondary hyperparathyroidism

G. L. Lukacs, L. Ujhelyi, J. Mâtyiis, Sz Szakáll, F. Gyöiy

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Background: Reports on the coexistence of secondary hyperparathyroidism (sHPT) and thyroid carcinoma are very rare. Methods: A case of secondary hyperparathyroidism and concomitant papillary thyroid carcinoma (follicular variant) is described, and compared to data from the literature. Results: 1 out of 26 patients undergoing parathyroidectomy for secondary hyperparathyroidism had papillary thyroid microcarcinoma (follicular variant) associated with regional lymph node metastases. Head and neck were not irradiated during the patient's case history. Dialysis had been performed for 23 years prior to simultaneous near-total thyroidectomy, total parathyroidectomy and autotransplantation. The prolonged high parathyroid hormone levels, or massive hemosiderin deposits may have caused the development of carcinoma. The incidence rate of occult thyroid microcarcinoma in all autopsies of our geographical region and period was 4.5 per cent. Conclusions: Careful exploration of the thyroid gland, and liberal indication for biopsy of suspicious thyroid areas is mandatory in each sHPT patient who is operated on, in order to exclude possible thyroid carcinomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-315
Number of pages2
JournalActa Chirurgica Austriaca
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1996



  • Secondary hyperparathyroidism
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Uremia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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