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    Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is a common endocrine disorder with a wide range of adverse effects, such as osteoporosis. Many women are not diagnosed due to asymptomatic disease or vague symptoms but are still at risk of severe adverse effects. Early identification of patients with PHPT is therefore of importance. The aim of this study was to determine PHPT prevalence among postmenopausal women with a distal forearm fracture. Recruitment was conducted in conjunction with the occurrence of a distal forearm fracture at Karolinska University Hospital. In total, 161 postmenopausal women were included in a cross-sectional study with repeated evaluations. Analyzes of serum calcium, ionized calcium, phosphate, parathyroid hormone (PTH), and vitamin D were performed. Diagnosis of PHPT was based on clinical evaluations and biochemical definitions of serum calcium and PTH in coherence with previous population prevalence reports. Mean age was 64.7 (9.5) years, serum calcium 2.33 (0.10) mmol/L, ionized calcium 1.25 (0.05) mmol/L and PTH 54 (26) ng/L. PTH was elevated in 32 (20%) women. In total, 11 (6.8%) women were diagnosed with PHPT; 6 with classical PHPT and 5 with mild PHPT. The prevalence of PHPT was significantly increased compared to the population prevalence of 3.4% (p = 0.022). Screening postmenopausal women in conjunction with low-energy distal forearm fracture revealed a large number of women with parathyroid disturbance. Evaluation of parathyroid hormone and calcium status in this group of patients seems beneficial. © 2021. The Author(s).


    Axel Wihlborg, Karin Bergström, Paul Gerdhem, Ingrid Bergström. Parathyroid Hormone Disturbances in Postmenopausal Women with Distal Forearm Fracture. World journal of surgery. 2022 Jan;46(1):128-135

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    PMID: 34647149

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