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September 1962

Primary Hypoparathyroidism in an InfantHypoplastic Aberrant Parathyroid Glands in the Pharyngeal Submucosa

Am J Dis Child. 1962;104(3):307-310. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1962.02080030309015
Abstract

Primary hypoparathyroidism is not usually diagnosed in infancy. To our knowledge, only 8 cases in infants have been reported in the American and the European literature. 1-8 The case of primary hypoparathyroidism presented here was diagnosed in an infant aged 40 days. On autopsy, hypoplastic parathyroid tissue was found in the submucosa of the pharynx.

Report of Case  A 40-day-old female infant, born of Yemenite Jews, was admitted because of generalized convulsions. Pregnancy and delivery had been normal. Birth weight was 4,000 gm. The infant was breast fed. No abnormality was detected until the day preceding her admission.On admission, the baby was restless, her cry was hoarse, her skin dry, her hair sparse and coarse. There was marked spasticity of the extremities and carpal spasm. Heart, lungs, and abdomen were without pathological findings. The anterior fontanelle, though large, did not bulge. During the examination, generalized convulsions appeared, more

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