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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 78-79

A hidden history of heartburn: The milk-alkali syndrome


Consultant Physician & Endocrinologist, Ward 14, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy KY2 5AH

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Krishnan Swaminathan
Consultant Physician & Endocrinologist, Ward 14, Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy KY2 5AH

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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7613.75677

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Milk-alkali syndrome was once considered to be of historic interest and a rare cause of hypercalcemia. Currently, it should be an important consideration in the differential diagnosis of hypercalcemia, after malignancies and primary hyperparathyroidism. The resurgence is in part due to the easy availability of over the counter (OTC) calcium preparations. We describe a 50-year-old man who presented with severe hypercalcemia on two occasions associated with renal failure and metabolic alkalosis. Extensive investigations during the first admission failed to unravel a specific cause of hypercalcemia but a thorough history during his subsequent admission helped to confirm the diagnosis of milk-alkali syndrome.






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