Pasieka Illness Questionnaire: Its value in primary hyperparathyroidism

Benedikt Greutelaers, Katrin Kullen, James Kollias, Melissa Bochner, Anthony Roberts, Garry Wittert, Janice Pasieka, Peter Malycha

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Background: A prospective study was undertaken to assess the Pasieka Illness Questionnaire (PIQ) as a clinical evaluation and outcome tool in an Australian setting. The PIQ was specifically designed to assess the impact of surgery on the preoperative symptoms of patients with primary hyperparathyroidism (1° HPT). Methods: Sixty of 71 consecutive patients referred with 1° HPT completed the PIQ preoperatively and 3 months after parathyroid surgery. Fifty-four of the 60 patients filled in a 12-month follow-up questionnaire that included a quality of life (QOL) and a self-rated health uni-scale. Serum calcium, ionized calcium and parathyroid hormone levels were obtained on each occasion Results: Eighty per cent of patients identified a significant decrease in symptoms following surgery. QOL and self-rated health improved after undergoing parathyroid surgery. Serum calcium levels returned to normal in 97% of patients 12 months after surgery. Conclusions: The present study supports the use of the Pasieka Illness Questionnaire as a useful method to measure disease-specific symptoms in patients with 1° HPT and is applicable to Australian patients. It also shows, once again, that parathyroid surgery produces a significant improvement in the preoperative symptoms of 1° HPT.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-115
Number of pages4
JournalANZ Journal of Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished or Issued - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Primary hyperparathyroidism
  • Surgical outcome
  • Symptom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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