What is an effective short-term treatment for hypercalcemia?

Updated: Oct 03, 2018
  • Author: Mahendra Agraharkar, MD, MBBS, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Treatment depends on the severity of symptoms and the underlying cause. [17]

Volume depletion results from uncontrolled symptoms leading to decreased intake and enhanced renal sodium loss. This tends to exacerbate or perpetuate the hypercalcemia by increasing Na+ reabsorption in the thick ascending limb of the loop of Henle (TALH). Thus, appropriate volume repletion with isotonic sodium chloride solution is an effective short-term treatment for hypercalcemia.


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