Known by nameBMJ 1998; 316 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7147.1801 (Published 13 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1801
- Frances J Dryburgh, consultant biochemist
I had not met her before, but I have known her name for 25 years: Patricia Patterson. She had hypoparathyroidism since thyroidectomy when she was 21 years old and over the years, on treatment with vitamin D, had had episodes of hypocalcaemia and hypercalcaemia. This latest episode of hypercalcaemia was related to an uncommon conjunction of events, stopping hormone replacement therapy and continuing with vitamin D treatment at the dose prescribed for some years. We …
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