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June 26, 1954


Author Affiliations

New York

From the Department of Medicine, Cornell University Medical College.

JAMA. 1954;155(9):830-832. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.73690270001009

Burnett and co-workers,1 in 1949, first reported metastatic calcification associated with excessive intake of milk and alkali in patients with chronic peptic ulcer and renal insufficiency. While all of their six patients showed clinical improvement when milk and alkali were withdrawn from the diet, none showed resorption of the calcinosis and none survived. Since that time a case has been reported with clinical improvement and survival following gastrectomy for the peptic ulcer, although the calcinosis persisted.2 Another case was presented with acute symptoms resembling gout in which both the symptoms and the calcinosis decreased when milk and alkali were withdrawn but recurred when the former high milk and alkali diet3 was resumed. Wermer, Kuschner, and Riley4 reported an instance of disappearance of extensive skeletal and subcutaneous metastatic calcifications within eight months after milk and alkali were removed from the diet. Their patient, a 67-year-old man, died

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