Kelly E. Melvin

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To determine the mechanism by which calcitonin acutely decreases bone resorption in man, salmon or human calcitonin was administered intravenously to five patients with Paget's disease of bone immediately after an iliac crest bone biopsy. After 30 min an adjacent bone biopsy was taken and both were evaluated by light and electron microscopy. The results(More)
To detect familial medullary thyroid carcinoma in a premetastatic stage, we administered tests provocative of calcitonin secretion (infusion of calcium or pentagastrin or both) each year for seven years to members of a pedigree now numbering 107. Since 1970, 21 patients converted from normal to abnormal secretory responses (two separate tests in which(More)
1. In the fifth year of followup, 8 of 12 original patients thyroidectomized for MTC, diagnosed solely by abnormal calcitonin values, are disease free by all criteria. Elevated calcitonin levels are the only manifestation of active disease in three patients with presumed metastases. 2. Routine annual screening of susceptible individuals is a practical(More)