Improvement in the anemia of hemodialyzed patients following subtotal parathyroidectomy. Evidence for the role of secondary hyperparathyroidism in the etiology of the anemia of chronic renal failure.

S. M. Shasha, O. S. Better, J. Winaver, C. Chaimovitz, A. Barzilai, D. Erlik

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    Abstract

    An increase in the blood hemoglobin concentration was found in four of five patients on chronic hemodialysis following subtotal parathyroidectomy performed for the treatment of incapacitating osteodystrophy. In a sixth hemodialyzed patient, there was a striking increase in the hemoglobin level following treatment with 1alpha-hydroxycholecalciferol with suppressed parathyroid overactivity. It is concluded that surgical or "chemical" parathyroidectomy seems to be associated with improvement of the anemia of patients with chronic renal failure.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)328-332
    Number of pages5
    JournalIsrael Journal of Medical Sciences
    Volume14
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - 1 Mar 1978

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