What Is Hypercalcemia?

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Hypercalcemia is a condition resulting in too much blood calcium. It can be initiated by disease, genetics, or outside influences, such as supplements. Pinpointing the cause is important so the hypercalcemia can be resolved. If left untreated, it can bring on a host of problems and serious complications throughout the body.

Signs and symptoms of this condition are often associated with the words moans, stones, groans, and bones, reflecting four of the main areas impacted by the excessive calcium. Although some hypercalcemia is mild and symptom-free, a severe case can cause life-threatening complications. Understanding this condition can help to reverse or manage the complications related to it.

1. Concerns and Causes: Within the Body

The most common cause of hypercalcemia is overactive parathyroid glands, a condition known as hyperparathyroidism. The four tiny glands in your neck regulate blood calcium through hormone release. Too much hormone means too much calcium. Benign tumors in a parathyroid gland may cause the malfunction.

Lung, breast, bone, or blood cancers may contribute to hypercalcemia. Genetics governing the calcium receptors in your body may result in increased calcium, but this condition doesn’t cause complications. Hypercalcemia may also indicate kidney failure or lung disease.


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