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Milk alkali syndrome is a form of hypercalcemia caused by excessive calcium intake. Symptoms include hypercalcemia, metabolic alkalosis, and acute kidney injury. Milk alkali syndrome was considered a rare cause of hypercalcemia due to the emergence of histamine blockers in the 1970s and reduced need for antacids to treat peptic ulcer disease We describe a 69 year old male who presents to the hospital with elevated calcium levels concerning for malignancy. After extensive lab work and examination, it was found that the patient was simply consuming too many calcium containing products. After adequate hydration and treatment, the patient was discharged and reported that all his symptoms had resolved.

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Milk alkali syndrome is a form of hypercalcemia caused by excessive calcium intake. Symptoms include hypercalcemia, metabolic alkalosis, and acute kidney injury. Milk alkali syndrome was considered a rare cause of hypercalcemia due to the emergence of histamine blockers in the 1970s and reduced need for antacids to treat peptic ulcer disease We describe a 69 year old male who presents to the hospital with elevated calcium levels concerning for malignancy. After extensive lab work and examination, it was found that the patient was simply consuming too many calcium containing products. After adequate hydration and treatment, the patient was discharged and reported that all his symptoms had resolved.

 

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