Which physical findings are characteristic of primary hyperparathyroidism?

Updated: Dec 24, 2020
  • Author: Lawrence Kim, MD, FACS, FACE; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Physical examination findings are usually noncontributory. Examination may reveal muscle weakness and depression. A palpable neck mass is not usually expected with hyperparathyroidism, although in rare cases, it may indicate parathyroid cancer. A previously undiagnosed thyroid nodule is much more commonly the source of a palpable nodule.


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