Primary hyperparathyroidism Is vitamin D supplementation safe?

Wayne Rankin

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    Background: Vitamin D deficiency is commonly seen in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism. However, there is a widespread reluctance to provide vitamin D supplementation to this group of patients. Objective: This article examines the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and primary hyperparathyroidism and the effects of vitamin D supplementation. Conclusion: Vitamin D deficiency exacerbates primary hyperparathyroidism and vice versa. With care, vitamin D supplementation can safely be given to selected patients with asymptomatic primary hyperparathyroidism and is suggested before deciding on medical or surgical management. Monitoring serum calcium concentration and urinary calcium excretion is recommended while achieving vitamin D repletion.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)881-884
    Number of pages4
    JournalAustralian Family Physician
    Issue number11
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


    • Primary hyperparathyroidism
    • Vitamin D


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