Eighty four parathyroids of castrated and intact adult female Wistar rats kept under hyperthyroidism state for 30, 60 or 90 days were studied. Two euthyroid goups, one castrated and another intact were used as controls. At the end of each period, blood was collected and the concentrations of free T4, calcium and phosphorus were determined. The parathyroids were analysed microscopically and % of nuclei, cytoplasm and stroma were determined. Hypocalcemia that was observed in castrated and intact euthyroid rats at 60 days was reverted after 90 days due to parathyroid hypertrophy. In hyperthyroid groups, hypocalcemia and hyperphosphatemia were progressive and did not revert at 90 days. In conclusion, castration revert hypocalcemia due to the increase of parathyroid activity. In spite of parathyroid hypertrophy, hyperthyroid state with functional gonads did not return to isocalcemia and isophosphatemia state. In addition, under the association of hyperthyroidism-castration, parathyroid did not respond to progressive hypocalcemia and hyperphosphatemia.
rat; parathyroid; hyperthyroidism; castration