Ecchymoses may have been due to extracapsular haemorrhage from parathyroid adenoma

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7109.683 (Published 13 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:683
  1. W P L Hellier, Specialist registrara,
  2. A McCombe, Consultanta
  1. a Department of Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery, Frimley Park Hospital, Frimley, Camberley, Surrey GU16 5UJ

    Editor—We would like to suggest a unifying diagnosis for the two recent reports of patients presenting with extensive ecchymoses of the neck and upper chest, associated with dysphagia and dysphonia1 2—namely, extracapsular haemorrhage from a parathyroid adenoma. We have recently reported and discussed the pathophysiology of …

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