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Manas Ghosh Sanjiban Hospital, Kolkata, India

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Ambarish Bhattacharya Department of Medicine, Sanjiban Hospital, Kolkata, India

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Kaushik Ghosh Department of Medicine, Malda Medical College, Malda, West Bengal 732101, India

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Atri Chatterjee Department of Neurology, NRS Medical College, Kolkata, India

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Sisir Chakraborty Department of Medicine, College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital, Kolkata, India

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Sanat Kumar Jatua Department of Medicine, NRS Medical College, Kolkata, India

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Summary

Motor neuron disease (MND) is a progressive devastating neurodegenerative disease, which universally progresses towards death. Hence, every attempt should be made to find out if there are any treatable conditions, which can mimic MND. Herein, we describe a case of hypercalcaemia due to primary hyperparathyroidism confused as MND and subsequently cured with parathyroid surgery.

Learning points

  • Any patient with neurological disorder should have a screening of all the common electrolytes including calcium as electrolyte imbalance can present with paralysis (e.g. hypokalaemia) to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (e.g. hypercalcaemia).

  • No patient should be stamped as having MND without having a proper work-up of all its differentials as there might be a treatable condition masquerading as MND.

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