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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 3263951, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3263951
Case Report

Amelioration of Sickle Cell Pain after Parathyroidectomy in Two Patients with Concurrent Hyperparathyroidism: An Interesting Finding

1Sickle Cell Division, Department of Medicine, New York City Health and Hospitals/Kings County, Brooklyn, NY 11203, USA
2Interfaith Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY 11213, USA

Received 25 May 2016; Revised 11 July 2016; Accepted 11 July 2016

Academic Editor: Gaurav Agarwal

Copyright © 2016 John Muthu and Mir Ali. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Patients with sickle cell disease have high morbidity and healthcare utilization due to repeated painful crises. Some coexisting conditions which cause pain similar to sickle cell disease may go undiagnosed in these patients. We report two adults with concurrent hyperparathyroidism who experienced significant improvement in sickle cell pain following parathyroidectomy thereby pointing to hyperparathyroidism as the principal causative factor for their pain. Meticulous evaluation for parathyroid disorders can be rewarding in sickle cell disease.