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CLINICAL IMAGE
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 138  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 275

Multiple brown tumours in a renal transplantation patient with hyperparathyroidism


Department of Nephrology, University of Medicine & Pharmacy, Targu Mures, Romania

Date of Web Publication3-Sep-2013

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Carmen Denise Caldararu
County Clinic Targu-Mures, Department of Nephrology, University of Medicine & Pharmacy, 1st Gheorghe Marinescu Str, Targu Mures, 540103
Romania
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Caldararu CD, Dogaru G. Multiple brown tumours in a renal transplantation patient with hyperparathyroidism. Indian J Med Res 2013;138:275

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Caldararu CD, Dogaru G. Multiple brown tumours in a renal transplantation patient with hyperparathyroidism. Indian J Med Res [serial online] 2013 [cited 2019 Oct 22];138:275. Available from: http://www.ijmr.org.in/text.asp?2013/138/2/275/117552

A 30 year old woman presented to the Nephrology Department of University of Medicine Targu-Mures, Romania, with the complaint of gait changes of about four months. Her medical history included chronic glomerulonephritis, six months of haemodialysis, renal transplantation at the age of 19 and graft rejection. She received methylprednisolone (4 mg/day) for 11 years.

Serum parathyroid hormone level was 2639 pg/ml and that of alkaline phosphatase 2415 U/l. Plain radiography of the pelvis and chest showed multiple cystic lesions with osseous expansion [Figure 1], [Figure 2] suggestive for a brown tumour.
Figure 1: Plain radiography of the pelvis with multiple expansile bone lytic lesions with distinct geographic margins (arrows A, B, C).

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Figure 2: Plain radiography of the chest. Multiple cystic lesions and grossly osseous expansion on the ribs (arrow numbers 2 and 5), clavicle (arrow number 3) and scapula (arrow number 1 and 4) with advanced cortical thinning.

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Brown tumour is a form of "local" osteitis fibrosa cystica induced by hyperparathyroidism occurring in long bones, ribs, mandible and skull base [1],[2] . These can mimic a giant cell tumour, myeloma or metastatic cancer. Multiple bone involvement are rare. Management needs the control of the hyperparathyroid state. Our patient did not accept parathyroidectomy. After 1 year of conservative treatment parathyroid hormone was 4989 pg/ml. Recently she underwent surgery for femoral neck fracture.

 
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1.Kao HL, Chang WC, Lee CH, Lee HS, Huang GS. Missed brown tumors in a young adult with decreased bone density. South Med J 2010; 103 : 371-3.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Magalhaes DP, Osterne RL, Alves AP, Santos PS, Lima RB, Sousa FB. Multiple brown tumours of tertiary hyperparathyroidism in a renal transplant recipient: a case report. Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal 2010; 15 : e10-3.  Back to cited text no. 2
    


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