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Case Rep Endocrinol. 2012;2012:363690. doi: 10.1155/2012/363690. Epub 2012 Nov 14.

Four ultrasound and clinical pictures of parathyroid carcinoma.

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Division of Endocrinology, Third Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital and Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Palacký University of Olomouc, 775 20 Olomouc, Czech Republic.


Parathyroid carcinoma is a rare cause of primary hyperparathyroidism. It may be suspected based on severe clinical signs, significant laboratory findings, and the tumor size. High-resolution ultrasonography with Doppler imaging has become the principal imaging method in the preoperative diagnosis of primary hyperparathyroidism. The ultrasound finding is not specific, but three of the described pictures are different from the typical appearance of benign adenoma of the thyroid gland and were suspicious in the context of clinical findings. According to the ultrasound criteria, one finding was benign and only the histological examination revealed carcinoma.

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