Delayed Post-Surgical Hypoparathyroidism: The Forgotten Chameleon! OD07-OD09
Dr. Sangita Deepak Kamath,
D-25 Vijaya Heritage, Anil Sur Path, Ulliyan, Kadma, Jamshedpur-831005, Jharkhand, India.
Delayed hypoparathyroidism, due to accidental gland removal or ischemia of parathyroids can present many years after thyroidectomy and symptoms may be non-specific. This condition, if not diagnosed timely, may prove fatal and have serious consequences. Hence, clinicians must have a high index of suspicion to treat this condition. All patients with a history of previous thyroid surgery, who come with vague symptoms like fatigue, muscle aches should undergo estimation of serum calcium, phosphorus and Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) due to the lack of any pathognomonic features of hypoparathyroidism. We report a rare case of delayed post-surgical hypoparathyroidism who became symptomatic 15 years after thyroid surgery and remained so for another 10 years before the final diagnosis was established.