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Hypercalcemia induced pancreatitis as a rare presentation of primary hyperparathyroidism

Journal Volume 84 - 2021
Issue Fasc.2 - Case reports
Author(s) V. Desmedt 1 #, S. Desmedt 1 #, E. D’heygere 2, G. Vereecke 3, W. Van Moerkercke 1 4
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DOI10.51821/84.2.367
Affiliations:
(1) Department of Gastroenterology, AZ Groeninge, President Kennedylaan 4, 8500 Kortrijk, Belgium
(2) Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, AZ Groeninge, President Kennedylaan 4, 8500 Kortrijk, Belgium
(3) Department of Endocrinology, AZ Groeninge, President Kennedylaan 4, 8500 Kortrijk, Belgium
(4) Department of Gastroenterology UZ Gasthuisberg, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
(#) Contributed equally

Acute pancreatitis (AP) is an inflammatory process of the pancreas. It is a relatively common cause of acute upper abdominal pain and is potentially associated with high morbidity and mortality. Underlying hypercalcemia as a cause of AP is very rare. We present a case of a hypercalcemia-induced acute pancreatitis with an underlying parathyroid adenoma in an 81-year-old woman with no previous symptoms of hypercalcemia. The parathyroid adenoma was semi-urgently surgically resected with normalization of calcium-levels. This case report summarizes the causes of acute pancreatitis and hypercalcemia and its management.

Keywords: Pancreatitis, hypercalcemia, hyperparathyroidism, parathyroidectomy, parathyroid adenoma.

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.
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