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.e685Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 01 February 2015
Accepted: 16 March 2015