A longstanding hungry bone syndrome

Demirci H., Suyani E., Karakoc A., Toruner F. S., Yetkin İ., Ayvaz G., ...More

ENDOCRINOLOGIST, vol.17, no.1, pp.10-12, 2007 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 17 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/01.ten.0000257439.69010.39
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.10-12
  • Keywords: hungry bone syndrome, parathyroid adenoma, parathyroid surgery, hypocalcemia, PRIMARY HYPERPARATHYROIDISM, PARATHYROID SURGERY, MANAGEMENT, HYPOCALCEMIA
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Hungry bone syndrome is a common sequelae of parathyroid surgery. The phenomenon is caused by severe osteitis fibrosa cystica causing rapid remineralization of the bones. We describe a case of hungry bone syndrome with profound and longstanding hypocalcemia after parathyroid surgery that was very resistant to treatment. Despite large amounts of oral and intravenous calcium supplementation with calcitriol, it required 21 weeks for serum Ca to reach normal levels.