Vitamin-A-induced hypercalcemia: Response to corticosteroids

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  • Hypercalcemia caused by vitamin A toxicity and its prompt response to prednisone is described. Diagnosis was difficult in this 16-year-old patient because she denied recent ingestion of vitamin A and was thought to be bulimic. Intravenous fluids and loop diuretics lowered the serum calcium and ameliorated the symptoms of nausea and vomiting temporarily. During the 10 days of this therapy the serum calcium never fell below 11.5 mg/dl. Oral prednisone was then started and produced a prompt and lasting reduction of the serum calcium to normal. Physicians should be aware of this complication in teenagers who use vitamin A for cosmetic purposes and in patients who habitually overuse vitamin preparations.
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  • Bergman SM; O'Mailia J; Krane NK; Wallin JD
  • Start Page

  • 362
  • End Page

  • 364
  • Volume

  • 50
  • Issue

  • 4