Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism

, Volume 31, Issue 5, pp 595–600

Ectopic atypical parathyroid lipoadenoma: a rare cause of severe primary hyperparathyroidism

Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00774-012-0416-7

Cite this article as:
Yoon, V., Treat, K. & Maalouf, N.M. J Bone Miner Metab (2013) 31: 595. doi:10.1007/s00774-012-0416-7


Parathyroid lipoadenomas are a rare and benign variant of parathyroid adenomas that are defined morphologically by an abundance of fat cells. They may be functional with secretion of parathyroid hormone or nonfunctional. We present a case of a parathyroid lipoadenoma in a patient presenting with clinical manifestations of severe primary hyperparathyroidism. Unusual features in this case included the ectopic location of the lipoadenoma in the mediastinum, the significant size of 6.6 × 3.4 cm, and weight of 30.1 g. In addition to the large size of this generally benign type of parathyroid neoplasm, histologic findings included focal band-forming fibrosis compatible with the diagnosis of an atypical parathyroid adenoma. In conclusion, this case illustrates a difficult case of an ectopic functioning parathyroid lipoadenoma with chronic sequelae due to severe hyperparathyroidism.


Parathyroid lipoadenomaAtypical parathyroid adenoma

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© The Japanese Society for Bone and Mineral Research and Springer Japan 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vivienne Yoon
    • 1
  • Kristina Treat
    • 2
  • Naim M. Maalouf
    • 1
  1. 1.The Charles and Jane Pak Center for Mineral Metabolism and Clinical Research and Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA
  2. 2.Department of PathologyUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA