Medline ® Abstract for Reference 12
of 'Hypercalcemia of malignancy: Mechanisms'
Serum parathyroid hormone-related protein concentrations in patients with hematologic malignancies or solid tumors.
Nakamura Y, Bando H, Shintani Y, Yokogoshi Y, Saito S
Acta Endocrinol (Copenh). 1992;127(4):324.
The clinical significance of parathyroid hormone-related protein in humoral hypercalcemia of malignancy was investigated by determining the serum parathyroid hormone-related protein concentrations in 167 normal subjects, 56 patients with hematologic malignancy and 144 patients with solid tumor. Serum parathyroid hormone-related protein was measured with a radioimmunoassay kit that recognizes the C-terminal portion of the molecule. The serum parathyroid hormone-related protein concentrations were 20.2-50.8 pmol/l (mean +/- 2 SD) in normal subjects, and were elevated in 80% of the patients with malignancies with hypercalcemia, including squamous cell carcinoma and adult T cell leukemia. Moreover, two cases of B cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with hypercalcemia had high serum parathyroid hormone-related protein concentrations, which varied in parallel with the tumor size during the clinical course. Of 136 patients with solid tumors with normocalcemia, the serum parathyroid hormone-related protein concentration was slightly elevated in only 5.1%, all of whom were at an advanced stage. These data indicate that determination of the serum parathyroid hormone-related protein concentration is useful for differential diagnosis of humoral hypercalcemia of malignancy and prediction of its development.
First Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Tokushima, Japan.