Article Abstract

Parathyroid cancer

Authors: Fiona McClenaghan, Yassar A. Qureshi

Abstract

Parathyroid carcinoma is an exceedingly rare endocrine malignancy first described in 1933. It accounts for between 0.5% and 5% of all cases of primary hyperparathyroidism. Parathyroid carcinoma is unusual among endocrine malignancies, being more hormonally active than its benign counterpart. Parathyroid carcinoma poses a diagnostic challenge both clinically and histologically due to the lack of features which can definitively distinguish malignant from benign disease early in its clinical course. Here, we describe the clinical features of the disease, and present the current opinion on optimal management. Further, we analyse the most recent histological advances made to aid in the diagnosis and management of this rare, but potentially devastating, disease.