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An unusual case of neonatal seizures as manifestation of asymptomatic maternal hypoparathyroidism
  1. Pragathi LK1,
  2. Raja Kannan P2 and
  3. Manas Shanbhag1
  1. 1 Department of Paediatrics, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
  2. 2 Paediatrics, Dr P M Hospital, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Pragathi LK, lk.pragathi{at}


Neonatal hypoparathyroidism is one of the rare causes of hypocalcaemia. Several cases of neonatal hypoparathyroidism secondary to maternal hyperparathyroidism have been reported. In this case report, we have a term neonate with normal birth history who presented with late onset hypocalcemic seizures. After excluding polyendocrinopathies and related syndromes, hypocalcaemia seizures were secondary to maternal asymptomatic hypoparathyroidism. Since this is one variety of unusual case of maternal and fetal hypoparathyroidism, further testing was mandatory to confirm familial origin. This focuses on the need for every clinician to test maternal metabolic status in case of neonatal manifestations.

  • endocrine system
  • paediatrics (drugs and medicines)

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  • Contributors PLK has contributed in writing and designing this case report. RKP has contributed by drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content. MS has contributed by reviewing the collected data and its interpretation.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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