The comparison of bone mineral density in primary hyperparathyroidim, vitamin D induced secondary hyperparathyroidism, and patients with both condition: a single center experience

Hande Peynirci, Canan Ersoy, Ayten Girgin, Vildan Gürsoy, Mehmet Ali Asik, Güven Ozkaya, Alpaslan Ersoy


Background: To compare bone mineral densities via dual energy X-ray absorptiometry method (DXA) between various hyperparathyroidism (HPT) types such as primary, vitamin D induced secondary, and both conditions.

Methods: Participants who were aged between 18-45 years and had elevated parathyroid hormone levels were included. After initial evaluations, patients were divided into 3 groups according to diagnoses: primary HPT (pHPT), vitamin D induced secondary HPT (sHPT), and combined (primary+secondary) one. In addition to the bone mineral density (BMD), demographic and laboratory datas were recorded.

Results: Of 166 patients, 147 of the patients were female, 19 were male, and average age was 38.10±7.24 years. Significant difference was found in terms of age (p=0.03) between pHPT and sHPT. Blood calcium, PTH, 25-OH vitamin D, and daily urine calcium excretion levels were significantly higher and phosphorus levels were lower in the pHPT group compared to the sHPT and combined disease group. Both T and Z scores of the pHPT group were significantly lower than the sHPT group especially in the lumbar region. However, no significant difference was noted between pHPT and combined disease group with respect to T and Z scores in all regions.

Conclusions: The results of this study indicate that pHPT has a significantly worse impact on skeletal mineral density particularly in the lumbar region than sHPT. The addition of vitamin D deficiency to the clinical picture seems to have no significant influence on BMD in pHPT. To confirm and clarify these findings, prospective studies with larger number of participants are needed.


Bone mineral density, Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry hyperparathyroidism, Vitamin D deficiency

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