Giant parathyroid adenoma: a case report and review of the literature

J Med Case Rep. 2019 Nov 14;13(1):332. doi: 10.1186/s13256-019-2257-7.


Background: Giant parathyroid adenoma is a rare type of parathyroid adenoma defined as weighing > 3.5 g. They present as primary hyperparathyroidism but with more elevated laboratory findings and more severe clinical presentations due to the larger tissue mass. This is the first reported case of giant parathyroid adenoma from the Middle East.

Case presentation: A 52-year-old Indian woman presented with a palpable right-sided neck mass and generalized fatigue. Investigations revealed hypercalcemia with elevated parathyroid hormone and an asymptomatic kidney stone. Ultrasound showed a complex nodule with solid and cystic components, and Sestamibi nuclear scan confirmed a giant parathyroid adenoma. Focused surgical neck exploration was done and a giant parathyroid adenoma weighing 7.7 gm was excised.

Conclusions: Giant parathyroid adenoma is a rare cause of primary hyperparathyroidism and usually presents symptomatically with high calcium and parathyroid hormone levels. Giant parathyroid adenoma is diagnosed by imaging and laboratory studies. Management is typically surgical, aiming at complete resection. Patients usually recover with no long-term complications or recurrence.

Keywords: Atypical parathyroid adenoma; Giant parathyroid adenoma; Minimal invasive parathyroidectomy; Parathyroidectomy; Primary hyperparathyroidism.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperparathyroidism / diagnostic imaging
  • Hyperparathyroidism / etiology
  • Hyperparathyroidism / pathology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neck / diagnostic imaging
  • Neck / pathology*
  • Neck Dissection
  • Parathyroid Hormone / metabolism
  • Parathyroid Neoplasms / complications
  • Parathyroid Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Parathyroid Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Parathyroidectomy
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultrasonography


  • Parathyroid Hormone