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May 1964

Parathyroid Adenomas in Childhood: A Case Report and a Review of the Current Literature

Author Affiliations

K. Rajasuriya, MD, Department of Medicine, University of Ceylon, Kynsey Rd, Colombo 8, Ceylon.; Department of Medicine (Dr. Rajasuriya, Dr. Peiris, Dr. Ratnaike), Department of Surgery (Dr. de Fonseka), University of Ceylon, Colombo.

Am J Dis Child. 1964;107(5):442-449. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1964.02080060444003

Ever since Sandstrom1 discovered the parathyroid glands a large amount of literature has accumulated regarding the function of these glands in health and disease. Felix Mandl2 was the first to remove successfully an adenoma of the parathyroid glands, which he accomplished in the now famous case of the Viennese streetcar conductor. Several cases of parathyroid adenoma occurring in adults have now been recorded and presently the diagnosis is made quite confidently. Parathyroid adenoma occurring in children and adolescents under the age of 15 years, is however, an extreme rarity. Wilkins 3 reviewing the literature was able to record only ten cases of primary hyperparathyroidism due to parathyroid adenoma in the age group below 15 years. Anspach and Clifton4 were able to collect the same ten cases of parathyroid adenoma proved either at autopsy or operation in the age group referred to. Since 1939, we have been unable