Are brown tumours a forgotten disease in developed countries?

Carmela De Crea, Marco Raffaelli, Celestino Pio Lombardi, Emanuela Traini, Luigi Oragano, C Bellantone

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Brown tumours (BT), an expression of osteitis fibrosa cystic due to primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT), can occasionally be mistaken for malignancy. Among 615 patients who underwent parathyroidectomy for pHPT in our institution, the medical records of three patients affected by BT were reviewed. The first patient underwent surgical removal of the orbital mass for a suspected lachrymal gland neoplasm. The remaining two patients underwent, respectively, leg amputation and femur resection for a suspected bone malignancy. Final histology showed a BT in three cases. All three patients were admitted to our Division and underwent successful parathyroidectomy for parathyroid adenoma in two cases and for parathyroid carcinoma in the remaining case. When faced with an osteolithic bone lesion, complete evaluation of medical history, biochemical and radiographic findings can help to reach a correct diagnosis and avoid unnecessary bone resections.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-415
Number of pages6
JournalActa Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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