Primary Hyperparathyroidism, Hypercalcemia, Paranoid Delusions, Homicide, and Attempted Murder

    Volume 32, Issue 5 (September 1987)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 September 1987

    Page Count: 4


    Fischman, A
    Psychologist, DeJarnette Center, Staunton, VA

    Robert Showalter, C
    Associate medical director, Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, Charlottesville, VA

    Brown, RS
    Clinical assistant professor of internal medicine and clinical assistant professor of behavioral medicine and psychiatry, University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA

    (Received 10 October 1986; accepted 2 December 1986)

    Abstract

    This report describes a case of primary hyperparathyroidism in a 68-year-old man. The endocrine disorder, while suspected before the commission of homicide and attempted murder, was proven biochemically and histologically a number of months after the commission of the crimes. The acts of homicide and attempted murder followed the development of paranoid delusions, which rapidly resolved upon successful removal of a single cystic parathyroid gland adenoma. The unusual events that immediately followed the acts of violence indicate that the delusions occurred in a clear sensorium (absence of delirium). Psychological measures taken before and after surgery document improvement in subtle organic functioning while intelligence was unchanged. This report discusses the neuropsychiatric manifestations of hypercalcemia and reviews the literature.


    Paper ID: JFS11196J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS11196J

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    Title Primary Hyperparathyroidism, Hypercalcemia, Paranoid Delusions, Homicide, and Attempted Murder
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    Committee E30