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

A hidden history of heartburn: The milk-alkali syndrome

Krishnan Swaminathan 
 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

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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Swaminathan K. A hidden history of heartburn: The milk-alkali syndrome.Indian J Pharmacol 2011;43:78-79


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Swaminathan K. A hidden history of heartburn: The milk-alkali syndrome. Indian J Pharmacol [serial online] 2011 [cited 2021 Apr 22 ];43:78-79
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