Journal Article

Prevention and treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism: still a challenge for the nephrologist?

Draško Pavlović and Hrvojka Tomić Brzac

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

Published on behalf of European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Assoc

Volume 18, issue suppl_5, pages v45-v46
Published in print July 2003 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online July 2003 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ndt/gfg1045
Prevention and treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism: still a challenge for the nephrologist?

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Secondary hyperparathyroidism is a well known complication of chronic renal insufficency. It is not only a state of increased parathyroid hormone secre-tion but also a state of parathyroid gland hyperplasia. Prevention and treatment of secondary hyperpara-thyroidism is a huge challenge for the nephrologist, despite new agents for the treatment of hyperphos-phataemia, new vitamin D analogues and calci-mimetics. The importance of parathyroid gland hyperplasia and the possibility of its reduction frequently are neglected issues. Ultrasonography could be very useful in detection of parathyroid gland size and shape and in the management of secondary hyperparathyroidism.

Keywords: parathyroid gland hyperplasia; secondary hyperparathyroidism; ultrasonography

Journal Article.  949 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nephrology

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