What is hungry bone syndrome?

Updated: Aug 08, 2019
  • Author: Manish Suneja, MD, FASN, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Surgical correction of primary or secondary hyperparathyroidism may be associated with severe hypocalcemia due to a rapid increase in bone remodeling. Hypocalcemia results if the rate of skeletal mineralization exceeds the rate of osteoclast-mediated bone resorption.

A less severe picture is also observed after correction of thyrotoxicosis, after institution of vitamin D therapy for osteomalacia, and with tumors associated with bone formation (eg, prostate, breast, leukemia). All of these disease states result in hypocalcemia due to mineralization of large amounts of unmineralized osteoid. [18]


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