Psychiatric symptoms are well recognized as a feature of patients with primary hyperparathyroidism. We have applied a standardized psychiatric interview to 15 patients before and after surgery. Thirteen had a lower 'psychiatric score' (less psychiatric morbidity) after surgery and improvements were particularly seen in symptoms of fatigue, depression, irritability, sleep disturbance and lack of concentration. The levels of intellectual impairment and of anxiety were unchanged after surgery. The 'psychiatric scores' in an additional group of 21 hyperparathyroid patients, in whom a decision to treat conservatively had been made independently, were similar to those in the surgically treated patients after surgery. Among all the untreated patients no relationship was found between overall 'psychiatric score' and serum levels of calcium or parathyrin.
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