New onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms in the elderly: possible primary hyperparathyroidism.


Journal Article

Primary hyperparathyroidism is a disorder of calcium homeostasis that occurs most commonly in older adults. Resultant hypercalcemia may be accompanied by neuropsychiatric symptoms, ranging from mild depression and cognitive changes to extreme agitation and psychosis. Surgical intervention almost invariably reverses these symptoms. The authors reviewed the importance of considering this diagnosis in the setting of neuropsychiatric symptoms in the elderly and reported on a 63-year-old man with mild hypercalcemia and a new onset of psychosis.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Watson, LC; Marx, CE

Published Date

  • September 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 43 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 413 - 417

PubMed ID

  • 12297611

Pubmed Central ID

  • 12297611

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0033-3182

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/appi.psy.43.5.413


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England