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Journal of Endocrinological Investigation

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 419–420 | Cite as

Late-onset hypocalcemia appearing years after thyroid surgery

  • I. Halperin
  • A. Nubiola
  • J. Vendrell
  • E. Vilardell
Case Report

Abstract

We revised four cases of hypocalcemia diagnosed yr after thyroid surgery, including 1 man and 3 women, operated 5–23 yr before the onset of symptoms, which ranged from mild paresthesia to convulsive seizures. Total serum calcium levels ranged from 1.1 to 2.05 mmol/l, and PTH levels were low in the 3 cases in which they were measured. Hypoparathyroidism appearing as late-onset hypocalcemia after extense thyroid surgery is a poorly understood condition, perhaps not as unfrequent as it is considered.

Key-words

Hypocalcemia thyroidectomy 

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Copyright information

© Italian Society of Endocrinology (SIE) 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • I. Halperin
    • 1
  • A. Nubiola
    • 1
  • J. Vendrell
    • 1
  • E. Vilardell
    • 1
  1. 1.Endocrinology DepartmentHospital Clinic i ProvincialBarcelonaSpain

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