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November 4, 1961

Parathyroid Crisis in a Child

Author Affiliations

Hartford, Conn.

From the departments of medicine and pediatrics, Hartford Hospital.

JAMA. 1961;178(5):468-471. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040440020004

At the age of 13 years, after 2 years of illness, a girl was hospitalized for abdominal pain, vomiting, weakness, and lethargy. A clue to the diagnosis was the finding of hypercalcemia (21.8 mg. per 100 ml. of serum). Surgical removal of a parathyroid adenoma from the right lobe of the thyroid was followed by prompt clinical improvement. Physical recovery was accompanied by a remarkable change in the personality of the child, who became bright and alert, thereafter did extremely well in school, and resumed normal social activity.