Paraparesis Due to Massive Ectopic Paravertebral Calcification in a Patient on Maintenance Hemodialysis

Raliv Agarwal, Robert R. Burns, Pedro Vergne-Marini

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Secondary hyperparathyroidism is ubiquitous in patients with end-stage renal disease who are on dialysis. We report a dialysis patient with an unusual manifestation of hyperparathyroidism. Initially, the patient was misdiagnosed to have clavicular osteomyelitis. The underlying hyperparathyroidism was not recognized, only to be discovered later, when the patient presented with spastic paraplegia and massive ectopic calcification in the cervical spine. The patient made a complete recovery following surgical resection and parathyroidectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)717-720
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993



  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • calcification
  • clavicle
  • hemodialysis
  • parathyroidectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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