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Hypercalcemia is a high level of calcium in your blood. Calcium levels are kept in balance by your parathyroid glands. Your parathyroid glands are located in your neck near your thyroid gland.
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- Medicines may be given to decrease calcium levels by preventing bone breakdown. Calcium is stored in your bones. Calcium is released when bone breaks down.
- Steroids help lower calcium levels by decreasing the amount of calcium that is absorbed in your intestines.
- Loop diuretics help your body get rid of extra calcium through your urine.
- Blood and urine tests will be done to measure your calcium and parathyroid hormone levels.
- An EKG records your heart rhythm and how fast your heart beats. It is used to check for any changes in your heart rhythm and heartbeat caused by hypercalcemia.
- IV fluids may be given to treat dehydration and to help your body get rid of extra calcium.
- Surgery may be needed to remove one or more parathyroid gland.
Without treatment, hypercalcemia can become severe. You may develop other health problems, such as dehydration, kidney stones, and osteoporosis. Hypercalcemia can affect your heart rhythm and nervous system, and can lead to a coma.
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