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Usefulness of whole PTH assay in patients with renal osteodystrophy —Correlation with bone scintigraphy



Intact parathyroid hormone (PTH) assay has recently been reported to be effective in evaluating both 1-84 PTH (whole PTH) and inactive 7-84 PTH. Inactive 7-84 PTH is considered to be increased in hemodialysis patients and to prevent the effects of 1-84 PTH, and intact PTH is considered to overestimate the PTH activity in these patients. As such, a whole PTH assay has recently been developed. The purpose of this study was to examine the usefulness of a whole PTH assay using the bone to soft tissue (B/ST) ratio on bone scintigraphy.


Twenty-five hemodialysis patients were included in our study. In all patients, bone scintigraphy and a blood test [whole PTH, intact PTH, alkaline Phosphatase (ALP), calcium (Ca), and phosphorus (P)] were performed. Regions of interest (ROIs) were drawn around the cranium, lumbar vertebrae, left femoral neck, and soft tissue of the medial left thigh to obtain the B/ST ratio.


The B/ST ratio of the cranium and left femoral neck correlated with whole PTH and intact PTH. In particular, the B/ST ratio of the cranium correlated most significantly with the value of whole PTH. Whole PTH levels correlated with intact PTH levels (r = 0.891, p < 0.0001).


Our data indicate that a whole PTH assay may be useful in evaluating PTH activity using the B/ST ratio. The B/ST ratio of the cranium may reflect the bone metabolism of hemodialysis patients.

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Correspondence to Hayato Kaida or Masatoshi Ishibashi or Hidemi Nishida or Kenkichi Baba or Yuji Hiromatsu or Seiya Okuda or Naofumi Hayabuchi.

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Kaida, H., Ishibashi, M., Nishida, H. et al. Usefulness of whole PTH assay in patients with renal osteodystrophy —Correlation with bone scintigraphy. Ann Nucl Med 19, 179 (2005).

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Key words

  • 99mTc-hydroxy-methylene-disphosphonate (99mTc-HMDP)
  • bone scintigraphy
  • whole parathyroid hormone (whole PTH)
  • intact parathyroid hormone (intact PTH)