Diagnosis and management of patients with hypercalcaemia
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Diagnosis and management of patients with hypercalcaemia

Jennie Walker Clinical educator for musculoskeletal and neurosciences, Queen’s Medical Centre, Division of Orthopaedic Trauma and Sports Medicine, Nottingham

Jennie Walker discusses the signs, symptoms and treatment of this common, yet potentially life-threatening, condition

Hypercalcaemia is a common biochemical abnormality in the blood that can be caused by malignancy, hyperparathyroidism, medications or underlying medical conditions. Initial signs and symptoms are often vague, however, if someone has severe hypercalcaemia it is treated as an emergency, requiring prompt management to prevent life-threatening complications such as dehydration, cardiac arrhythmias or coma. Understanding the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms of hypercalcaemia enables effective diagnosis and holistic management of the patient with complex health needs.

Nursing Older People. 27, 4,22-26. doi: 10.7748/nop.27.4.22.e685

Correspondence

jennie.walker@nottingham.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 01 February 2015

Accepted: 16 March 2015