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Hultin, Hella
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Hultin, H., Stevens, K. & Sundbom, M. (2018). Cholecalciferol Injections Are Effective in Hypovitaminosis D After Duodenal Switch: a Randomized Controlled Study. Obesity Surgery, 28(10), 3007-3011
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cholecalciferol Injections Are Effective in Hypovitaminosis D After Duodenal Switch: a Randomized Controlled Study
2018 (English)In: Obesity Surgery, ISSN 0960-8923, E-ISSN 1708-0428, Vol. 28, no 10, p. 3007-3011Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: By treating obesity, one of the major epidemics of this past century, through bariatric surgery, we may cause complications due to malnourishment in a growing population. At present, vitamin D deficiency is of interest, especially in patients with inferior absorption of fat-soluble nutrients after biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch (BPD/DS).

Methods: Twenty BPD/DS patients, approximately 4 years postoperatively, were randomized to either intramuscular supplementation of vitamin D with a single dose of 600,000 IU cholecalciferol, or a control group. Patients were instructed to limit their supplementation to 1400 IU of vitamin D and to avoid the influence of UV-B radiation; the study was conducted when sunlight is limited (December to May).

Results: Despite oral supplementation, a pronounced deficiency in vitamin D was seen (injection 19.3; control 23.2 nmol/l) in both groups. The cholecalciferol injection resulted in elevated 25[OH]D levels at 1 month (65.4 nmol/l), which was maintained at 6 months (67.4 nmol/l). This resulted in normalization of intact parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels. No changes in vitamin D or PTH occurred in the control group.

Conclusions: In BPD/DS patients, having hypovitaminosis D despite full oral supplementation, a single injection of 600,000 IU of cholecalciferol was effective in elevating vitamin D levels and normalizing levels of intact PTH. The treatment is simple and highly effective and thus recommended, especially in cases of reduced UV-B radiation.

Hypovitaminosis D, Cholecalciferol, Biliopancreatic diversion, Duodenal switch
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-366951 (URN)10.1007/s11695-018-3307-8 (DOI)000444768500004 ()29869004 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2018-11-28 Created: 2018-11-28 Last updated: 2018-11-28Bibliographically approved
Droeser, R. A., Ottosson, J., Muth, A., Hultin, H., Lindwall-Ahlander, K., Bergenfelz, A. & Almquist, M. (2017). Hypoparathyroidism after total thyroidectomy in patients with previous gastric bypass. Langenbeck's archives of surgery (Print), 402(2), 273-280
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2017 (English)In: Langenbeck's archives of surgery (Print), ISSN 1435-2443, E-ISSN 1435-2451, Vol. 402, no 2, p. 273-280Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose Case reports suggest that patients with previous gastric bypass have an increased risk of severe hypocalcemia after total thyroidectomy, but there are no population-based studies. The prevalence of gastric bypass before thyroidectomy and the risk of hypocalcemia after thyroidectomy in patients with previous gastric bypass were investigated. Methods By cross-linking The Scandinavian Quality Registry for Thyroid, Parathyroid and Adrenal Surgery with the Scandinavian Obesity Surgery Registry patients operated with total thyroidectomy without concurrent or previous surgery for hyperparathyroidism were identified and grouped according to previous gastric bypass. The risk of treatment with intravenous calcium during hospital stay, and with oral calcium and vitamin D at 6 weeks and 6 months postoperatively was calculated by using multiple logistic regression in the overall cohort and in a 1:1 nested case-control analysis. Results We identified 6115 patients treated with total thyroidectomy. Out of these, 25 (0.4 %) had undergone previous gastric bypass surgery. In logistic regression, previous gastric bypass was not associated with treatment with i.v. calcium (OR 2.05, 95 % CI 0.48-8.74), or calcium and/or vitamin D at 6 weeks (1.14 (0.39-3.35), 1.31 (0.39-4.42)) or 6 months after total thyroidectomy (1.71 (0.40-7.32), 2.28 (0.53-9.75)). In the nested case-control analysis, rates of treatment for hypocalcemia were similar in patients with and without previous gastric bypass. Conclusion Previous gastric bypass surgery was infrequent in patients undergoing total thyroidectomy and was not associated with an increased risk of postoperative hypocalcemia.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2017
Total thyroidectomy, Gastric bypass, Postoperative hypoparathyroidism, Cohort study
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-320284 (URN)10.1007/s00423-016-1517-x (DOI)000397297900011 ()27783154 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2017-04-25 Created: 2017-04-25 Last updated: 2017-04-25Bibliographically approved
Annerbo, M., Hultin, H., Stålberg, P. & Hellman, P. (2014). Left-shifted relation between calcium and parathyroid hormone in Graves' Disease. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 99(2), 545-551
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Left-shifted relation between calcium and parathyroid hormone in Graves' Disease
2014 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, ISSN 0021-972X, E-ISSN 1945-7197, Vol. 99, no 2, p. 545-551Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]


Patients with Graves' disease (GD) have disturbances in calcium regulation with manifestations such as postoperative hypocalcemia. We have investigated the thyroid as well as the parathyroid function in detail.

Material and Method:

A series of patients undergoing total thyroidectomy for GD (n=56) or Multi Nodular Goitre (MNG, n=50) were scrutinized for postoperative hypocalcemia, need for calcium and/or vitamin D substitution. CiCa-clamp was used in 14 patients and 21 controls to quantify the secretion of PTH in relation to the ionized plasma calcium level. The setpoint, equal to the plasma ionized calcium concentration at which 50% of the maximal secretion of PTH is inhibited, as well as other CiCa-related parameters were calculated.


Hypocalcemia was present in 48% of GD and 41.2% of patients with MNG postoperatively. Patients with GD had lower calcium levels, 18% had S-Ca< 2.00 mmol/L compared to 4.0% in the MNG group, p=0.02. A higher degree of GD patients were given parenteral calcium-substitution during the hospital stay (3.6% vs 0 %) and oral calcium substitution at discharge (48% vs 10%), although they had normal vitamin D3 levels. The GD group showed a significantly left-shifted setpoint compared to the normal group on CiCa clamp, 1.16 mmol/l vs. 1.20 mmol/L (p<0.001), as well as an increased PTH release to hypocalcemic stimulus. GD patients also show an association between degree of subclinical toxicosis at time of surgery and risk for developing postoperative hypocalcemia.


Patients with GD demonstrate dysregulation of the calcium homeostasis by several parameters. GD patients have lower postoperative S-calcium compared to patients with MNG, lower calcium/PTH setpoint and a significantly increased release of PTH to hypocalcemic stimulus compared to controls. The CiCa clamp response in GD patients with normal 25-OH-vitamin D3 levels mimics that of obese patients in which vitamin D insufficiency has been proposed as an underlying cause.

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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-212144 (URN)10.1210/jc.2013-2500 (DOI)000333460300053 ()24248181 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2013-12-06 Created: 2013-12-06 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Hultin, H., Edfeldt, K., Sundbom, M. & Hellman, P. (2010). Left-Shifted Relation between Calcium and Parathyroid Hormone in Obesity. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 95(8), 3973-3981
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Left-Shifted Relation between Calcium and Parathyroid Hormone in Obesity
2010 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, ISSN 0021-972X, E-ISSN 1945-7197, Vol. 95, no 8, p. 3973-3981Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: A condition resembling secondary hyperparathyroidism (HPT), including raised levels of PTH and normal levels of serum calcium, has been reported in obesity. A plausible reason may be vitamin D deficiency, but conflicting data have been reported. Objective: Our objective was to investigate calcium homeostasis in obese individuals with emphasis on the function of the parathyroid glands. Design and Intervention: Morbidly obese patients (mean body mass index = 46.6 +/- 6) were examined for their status of calcium homeostasis. A subset was thoroughly investigated with calcium-citrate (CiCa) clamping. Patients: Of 108 morbidly obese patients, 11 underwent CiCa clamping as well as 21 healthy volunteers of normal weight and 15 with primary HPT (pHPT). Large patient cohorts of normal individuals and pHPT patients were also used as comparisons. Outcome Measures and Results: All obese individuals had normal serum calcium and creatinine levels. Mean levels of 25-OH-vitamin D-3 in serum were low, 53 nmol/liter (reference range 75-250 nmol/liter). Mean intact plasma PTH was 5.1 pmol/liter (reference range 1.1-6.9 pmol/liter). There was a significant positive correlation between PTH and duration of obesity. CiCa clamping in obese subjects revealed a remarkably high sensitivity for calcium and a left-shifted relation between plasma calcium and PTH (set point) compared with the normal population. CiCa clamping in pHPT patients demonstrated a right-shifted PTH-Ca curve. Conclusion: Although vitamin D levels in the obese individuals were low, few displayed overt signs of secondary HPT. The CiCa clamping implied a disturbance in the calcium homeostasis comparable to early renal insufficiency, with a left-shifted Ca-PTH curve and a lower set point compared with the normal population.

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Medical and Health Sciences
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-135604 (URN)10.1210/jc.2009-2822 (DOI)000280652400057 ()20519351 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2010-12-07 Created: 2010-12-07 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
Hultin, H., Ribom, E., Sundbom, M., Michaelsson, K., Mallmin, H. & Hellman, P.Persisting disturbances in calcium homeostasis after gastric bypass surgery.
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(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
calciumhomeostasis, vitamin D, BMD, bariatric surgery
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-145208 (URN)
Available from: 2011-02-07 Created: 2011-02-07 Last updated: 2018-11-30

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