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Multiple concurrent atypical parathyroid adenomas: a rare occurrence
  1. Jack Faulkner,
  2. Kiran Varadharajan and
  3. Natasha Choudhury
  1. Otolaryngology, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Redhill, UK
  1. Correspondence to Jack Faulkner; jack.faulkner{at}


We present a case of an 80-year-old patient with three concurrent multiple atypical parathyroid adenomas. The patient was managed with bilateral parathyroid exploration and concurrent parathyroidectomy. Postoperative recovery was uneventful. Atypical parathyroid adenomas are a rare entity that are clinically difficult to distinguish from parathyroid carcinoma. Histological characteristics are similar however atypical adenomas lack complete capsular or vascular invasion and cannot be considered malignant. All reported cases of atypical parathyroid adenoma are solitary lesions. We present the first case of multiple concurrent atypical parathyroid adenomas.

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  • Contributors All authors contributed to the writing of this case report. JF wrote the manuscript with assistance from KV and supervision from NC. NC was the consultant in charge of the patients care.

  • 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.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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

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