Hypercalcemia in the Critically Ill Patient

Charles Reasner, Gregory R. Mundy

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Hypercalcemia is now frequently recognized in hospitalized patients, including those who are critically ill. Hypercalcemia in critically ill patients may be life threatening or an indication of an underlying but unsuspected disease process. All of the common causes of hypercalcemia can occur in the critically ill patient and are reviewed here. As in the general patient population, the two most common causes are probably malignant disease and primary hyperparathyroidism. Hypercalcemia is now readily reversible in most patients, particularly when the underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms responsible are recognized, and it should be treated actively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-328
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Intensive Care Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1986
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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