Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

What Causes High Calcium?

Friday, 02 Dec 2011 09:12 AM

Question: What causes high calcium in the body? My parathyroid test is good.
Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
A high level of calcium in the blood is called hypercalcemia. Overactivity of the parathyroid gland is the most likely cause. Since your parathyroid test is normal, I would advise you to consult your primary care physician as early as possible since there could be other likely causes of hypercalcemia that are best ruled out or treated promptly.
Other causes could be the presence of certain types of cancers (lung/breast/multiple myeloma) or inflammatory lung diseases (tuberculosis/sarcoidosis). In addition, sometimes dehydration, high intake of calcium, or side effects of certain medications can also raise blood calcium levels.

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