A Clinical Endocrinology News report indicates primary hyperparathyroidism does disrupt sleep patterns and that curative surgery can improve sleep quality.

“Today, most patients with primary hyperparathyroidism have what is considered asymptomatic disease,” Justin La reported at the annual meeting of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. “However, recent studies demonstrate that many of these asymptomatic patients commonly exhibit neuropsychological problems, including sleep disturbances.” Mr. La is a fourth-year medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

This prospective study, led by Dr. Tina Yen, recruited patients between June 2013 and September 2015 and compared 110 patients who had parathyroidectomy for primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) with 45 controls who had thyroidectomy for benign euthyroid disease between June 2013 and September 2015.

“Multiple studies, including recent meta-analyses, have demonstrated lower quality of life in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism and have suggested that patients, regardless of symptoms or degree of hypercalcemia, report varying degrees of improvement after parathyroidectomy,” Mr. La said. “In contrast there is a relative paucity of literature on the effects of primary hyperparathyroidism on sleep quality and changes after parathyroidectomy.”

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