Excessive calcium ingestion leading to milk-alkali syndrome

Bailey, C. S.; Weiner, J. J.; Gibby, O. M.; Penney, M. D.
September 2008
Annals of Clinical Biochemistry;Sep2008, Vol. 45 Issue 5, p527
Academic Journal
Case Study
This report describes the presentation and clinical course of a 40-year-old woman who had an emergency admission for eclampsia. During routine investigations, she was found to have profound hypercalcaemia, the cause of which was identified as milk-alkali syndrome, caused by self-medication with antacid tablets for dyspepsia. Treatment with aggressive rehydration, bisphosphonates and discontinuation of antacid tablets restored normocalcaemia. The patient made a full recovery with no long-term side-effects. Her male infant was safely delivered with no deleterious effects of exposure to high calcium concentrations in utero.


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