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November 1927

PARATHYROID THERAPY IN INFANTILE TETANY: REPORT OF FOUR CASES

Author Affiliations

ELKHART, IND.
From the Department of Pediatrics of the Rush Medical College of the University of Chicago.

Am J Dis Child. 1927;34(5):835-840. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1927.04130230119013
Abstract

Since the isolation and description of the physiologic action of the active principle of the parathyroid glands by Collip and his associates,1 only seven cases have been reported in which the active parathyroid extract has been used in the treatment of infantile tetany. In a recent summary of parathyroid therapy by McCann,2 references to the reports of five cases of infantile tetany are included. Since that time, reports of two cases have been published. The first case was reported in the literature by Collip and Leitch,3 prior to the publication of Collip's article1 on the method of extracting the parathyroids. The remaining six cases were reported by Hoag, Rivkin et al.4 All the patients reported are thought to have been successfully treated with parathyroid extract, but the relation of the rise in serum calcium to the temperature is not stressed in any case.

In the four

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