Non-surgical management of primary hyperparathyroidism in the aging population

Cristiana Cipriani, John P Bilezikian
Maturitas 2020, 136: 49-53
Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is commonly observed in the aging population, and the average age at diagnosis has increased in the last 20 years. Parathyroidectomy, the only definitive cure for PHPT, is indicated in symptomatic and asymptomatic older PHPT patients with skeletal and renal disease. It is as effective in older patients as it is in younger patients. Nevertheless, older patients may present with comorbidities and greater frailty, leading to the possibility of more complications, higher morbidity and mortality after surgery. This review focuses on the non-surgical clinical management of PHPT in elderly patients. We also summarize the most recent literature regarding the pharmacological management of PHPT to reduce serum calcium levels, to improve bone mineral density or to do both in the aging population.

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