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Front. Endocrinol. | doi: 10.3389/fendo.2019.00731

The Clinicopathological Spectrum of Parathyroid Carcinoma

 Amit Akirov1*,  Sylvia L. Asa2, Vincent Larouche3,  Ozgur Mete2, Annie M. Sawka2, Raymond Jang2 and Shereen Ezzat2
  • 1Sackler School of Medicine, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • 2University Health Network (UHN), Canada
  • 3McGill University, Canada

Background: Parathyroid carcinoma is rare, representing <1% of primary hyperparathyroidism cases. .
Methods: Retrospective data of patients referred for evaluation of parathyroid disease between 2001 and 2018. The goal was to describe the clinical presentation, histopathologic characteristics, and treatment outcomes.
Results: We identified 8 cases of parathyroid carcinoma from the outpatient practice of a quaternary care Endocrine Oncology practice in Toronto, Canada. The clinical presentation was as follows: 5/8 cases (62.5%) of symptomatic hypercalcemia and 3/8 cases (37.5%) of a suspicious thyroid nodule. Hypercalcemia was evident in all 7 cases with pre-operative calcium measurements. Histopathologic features included: vascular invasion in 7/8 cases (87.5%) and immunohistochemical loss of either parafibromin, retinoblastoma, or p27 in all 8 cases. Additional treatment included: external beam radiotherapy in 5/8 cases (62.5%), chemotherapy for 2/8 patients (25%), and additional surgery for 3/8 patients (37.5%). Only 2 patients (25%) had long-term remission following surgical treatment, and the others had either persistent (3 patients) or recurrent disease (3 patients). Five patients developed metastatic disease, all involving lung. In one of two patients treated with Sorafenib there was evidence of regression of lung metastases. One patient died of disease progression.
Conclusion: In this series of patients with parathyroid carcinoma largely presenting with symptomatic hypercalcemia and angioinvasive disease, only a minority achieved a durable remission. Lung was the most common site for distant metastases. Surgery has led to remission in two cases, but none of the six patients with persistent or recurrent disease ultimately achieved disease remission in this series.

Keywords: Hyperparathyroidism, parathyroid carcinoma, Thyroid Nodule, endocrine oncology, parathyroid

Received: 27 Jul 2019; Accepted: 10 Oct 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Akirov, Asa, Larouche, Mete, Sawka, Jang and Ezzat. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Amit Akirov, Sackler School of Medicine, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel,