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Chronic constipation in hypercalcemic patients with primary hyperparathyroidism.
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PMID:  22953636     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: Chronic constipation (C), among gastrointestinal symptoms, is commonly associated with primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) and probably attributable to hypercalcemia.
OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY: To evaluate in patients affected with PHPT the prevalence of C utilizing a validated questionnaire and the current prevalence of C compared to that observed in the past and to evaluate the relationship between C and the severity of PHPT.
METHODS: 55 outpatients affected with PHPT, admitted to our Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Specialities in the years (2006-2009) were studied (group 1: 50 postmenopausal women and 5 men, mean age 61.9 +/- 9.4 years), together with 55 sex and age matched controls (group 2). Also considered were a group of PHPT patients observed, in the same ambulatory, during the years '70-'80 (group 3). A questionnaire, Rome II criteria, was administered and used to define C, whereas only anamneses were used to define C in group 3.
RESULTS: The prevalence of C in patients with PHPT was 21.8% in group 1 vs 12.7% in group 2 (n.s.) and 32.7% in group 3. There is a decreasing trend in the prevalence of C in patients with PHPT as observed from 1970-89 to 2006-2009 (p < 0.05). The reduction of C was associated together with a significant reduction in the serum calcium level (p < 0.001). The presence of C vs its absence in patients with PHPT is characterized by higher values of calcemia (p < 0.001), ionized calcium (p < 0.001), and parathyroid hormone (p = 0.019).
CONCLUSION: The actual prevalence of C in patients with PHPT is not significantly different from that found in the control group and is decreasing with respect to the past years. Moreover, C seems to be associated with the severity of the disease rather than with the diagnosis of PHPT per se.
A Ragno; J Pepe; D Badiali; S Minisola; E Romagnoli; C Severi; E D'Erasmo
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European review for medical and pharmacological sciences     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1128-3602     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci     Publication Date:  2012 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-09-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9717360     Medline TA:  Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci     Country:  Italy    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  884-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Unit of Internal Medicine, Nuovo Regina Apostolorum Hospital, Albano Laziale, Italy.
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