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WHY WOULD YOU HAVE EXTREMELY HIGH LEVELS OF CALCIUM

MY MOTHER IS 75 AND HAS PROGRESSED TO NOT ABLE TO STAND, SLEEPS ALL THE TIME, AND CANNOT HOLD A UTENSIL TO FEED HERSELF.  SHE IS IN THE HOSPITAL AND THEY ARE RUNNING TEST.,  MRI AND CATSCAN CLEAR, THEY ARE CONCERNED BECAUSE HER CALCIUM LEVEL IS OUT THE ROOF - WHAT COULD CAUSE THIS ?

Related Topics: Calcium, Running, Feeding
 

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The most common causes of elevated blood calcium are over-functioning of small glands called parathyroid glands. They are located in the  neck & embedded in the thyroid. A simple blood test for PTH or parathyroid hormone will help determine if this is the cause.

 

Cancer is the second most common cause of elevated calcium. Often times these individuals have overt signs of cancer with significant elevations in blood calcium levels.

 

However dehydration in someone that is hospitalized can also cause a high calcium and symptoms. Other causes include medications, vitamins, and something called the 'Milk Alkali Syndrome'.

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The medical term for high calcium levels in the blood is "hypercalcemia." I note this so you may more thoroughly research it, if you wish.

Hypercalcemia can be caused by several things. The most common cause is hyperparathyroidism. The parathyroid glands are small glands near the larger thyroid gland. The parathyroid glands produce a hormone (PTH) that stimulates calcium production. When these glands produce too much PTH, it can cause an overabundance of calcium in the blood.

Other conditions also can cause high calcium levels in the blood, which is why your mother's health care team is running a variety of tests. They want to pinpoint the cause and then come up with a treatment plan to get those calcium levels back to normal.

I wish you and your mother all the best in getting this situation resolved!

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