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February 1978

Feminizing Adrenocortical Carcinoma With Cushing's Syndrome and Pseudohyperparathyroidism

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Endocrinology, Department of Medicine, University of Texas System Cancer Center, M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston.

Arch Intern Med. 1978;138(2):301-303. doi:10.1001/archinte.1978.03630260087023

A patient with adrenocortical carcinoma had three major endocrine abnormalities attributable directly to the tumor: hypercortisolism (Cushing's syndrome), hyperestrogenism (feminization), and hypercalcemia (pseudohyperparathyroidism). There were higher levels of immunoreactive parathyroid hormone in venous effluent from the tumor or its abdominal metastases compared to that found in the veins draining the parathyroid glands. This, together with the presence of normal parathyroid glands on autopsy, established the diagnosis of pseudohyperparathyroidism as the cause of hypercalcemia in this patient.

(Arch Intern Med 138:301-303, 1978)