Clinical, Molecular Characterization and Long-Term Follow-Up of a Patient with Neonatal Severe Hyperparathyroidism


  • Gonçalo Padeira Hospital Dona Estefania
  • Branca M. Cavaco Instituto Português de Oncologia de Lisboa Francisco Gentil
  • Daniel Virella Hospital Dona Estefânia, Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Central
  • Henrique Sá Couto Hospital Dona Estefânia, Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Central,
  • Maria de Lurdes Afonso-Lopes Hospital Dona Estefânia, Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Central



Heterozygous inactivating mutations of the calcium-sensing receptor encoding gene (CASR) cause autosomal dominant familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia (FHH), whereas mutations that inactivate both alleles cause neonatal severe hyperparathyroidism (NSHPT), a rare and potentially fatal disease. We present the clinical and genetic characterization of a Portuguese family with FHH/NSHPT as well as the long-term follow-up of the proband.

Newborn admitted due to progressive hypotonia, feeding refusal, and dehydration. Serum calcium and PTH levels were markedly increased. Radiological evaluation revealed osteopenia and several fractures. Total parathyroidectomy with reimplantation of ¼ of one gland was performed. At 15-year-old she is clinically well, has normal calcium levels and detectable parathormone values, under calcium and α-calcidiol treatment. CASR gene sequencing revealed a germline homozygous nonsense mutation. The proband’s parents and grandfathers were asymptomatic, heterozygous carriers of the same mutation.


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Gonçalo Padeira, Hospital Dona Estefania

Interno de Pediatria do Hospital Dona Estefânia






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