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March 29, 1976

Hemodialysis in the Treatment of Severe Hypercalcemia

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, Va.

JAMA. 1976;235(13):1347-1348. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03260390033023

Severe hypercalcemia is a life-threatening problem that requires prompt therapy. With the exception of diuresis, most forms of therapy are either ineffective, slow in action, or have major serious disadvantages. In some instances diuresis is relatively ineffective. As shown in this case report, hemodialysis with a dialysate low in calcium is rapidly effective in such instances and should be considered for patients with severe hypercalcemia while they are being prepared for surgery or while diagnostic studies are being performed.

(JAMA 235:1347-1348, 1976)