hungry bone syndrome

hungry bone syndrome

Hypocalcemia that develops in hyperparathyroid patients treated with parathyroidectomy or in patients with end-stage renal disease treated with calcimimetic drugs. It is caused by a sudden decrease in serum parathyroid hormone levels, which in turn increase the uptake of calcium, magnesium, and phosphate by bone. Clinical consequences include tetany (repetitive muscle twitching) esp. in patients whose calcium deficiency is severe.
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With a diagnosis of hungry bone syndrome, oral calcium and vitamin D supplementations were started.
Postoperative persistence of elevated PTH levels should be interpreted with serum calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D levels for the differential diagnosis of unsuccessful surgery, hungry bone syndrome, and vitamin D deficiency.