Korean J Med.  2012 Mar;82(3):362-366.

A Case of Parathyroid Adenoma Manifested by Acute Recurrent Pancreatitis

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Samsung Changwon Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Changwon, Korea. kwonsam@paran.com


Acute pancreatitis caused by primary hyperparathyroidism-induced hypercalcemia is a rare condition, as acute pancreatitis is typically associated with a decrease in serum calcium levels. If hypercalcemia is present in a patient with acute pancreatitis, the possibility of hyperparathyroidism should be considered, and parathyroid hormone levels should be evaluated and the parathyroid gland imaged. We present a case of a 48-year-old male with acute recurrent pancreatitis caused by hyperparathyroidism. Initially, the acute pancreatitis improved after conservative therapy. However, the patient relapsed 1 month later. The patient had hypercalcemia and was diagnosed with parathyroid adenoma. He underwent surgical resection of the parathyroid adenoma and recovered. After 24 months of the treatment, there was no recurrence of the hypercalcemia or pancreatitis.


Pancreatitis; Hyperparathyroidism; Hypercalcemia
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