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May 29, 1926

EFFECT OF PARATHYROID HORMONE ON CERTAIN SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS IN TUBERCULOSIS: PRELIMINARY REPORT

JAMA. 1926;86(22):1683-1686. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670480013006
Abstract

There has been much speculation as to the relation of calcium metabolism to the healing of tuberculosis. That some relation exists has naturally been suggested by calcification occurring in healed tuberculous lesions; but that calcium alone has a definite influence is questioned, although it has long been advocated in the treatment of tuberculosis. We have in the use of parathyroid hormone, elaborated by Collip,1 a means for increasing the amount of calcium in the blood and possibly of affecting the calcium metabolism. The present study is concerned with this effect on lesions, and certain features and complications in tuberculosis.

A series of sixty patients in various stages of tuberculosis has been observed for periods ranging from up to a few days to four or five months. A further number of patients with other forms of pulmonary infection have been included in the study for control purposes. This additional series

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