Hypercalcemia (cont.)

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What are the signs and symptoms of hypercalcemia?

In the majority of patients with hypercalcemia, the signs and symptoms are minimal. In general, the symptoms increase with higher levels of calcium in the blood. In severe cases, the elevated calcium levels can cause abnormal heart rhythms with specific findings on electrocardiogram (EKG).

Because of the clinical findings that are seen in hypercalcemia, the symptoms are often described as "moans, stones, groans, and bones".

Some of the symptoms include the following:

Moans (gastrointestinal conditions)

Stones (kidney-related conditions)

Groans (psychological conditions)

Bones (bone pain and bone-related conditions)

  • Bone aches and pains
  • Fractures
  • Curving of the spine and loss of height
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/9/2014

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