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Hypercalcemia

Assessment

Laboratory assessment

A blood test is done to check the level of calcium. Other blood tests may be done to check kidney function.

Clinical assessment

Patients with high calcium levels should be examined for the following:

Decision to treat

The decision to treat hypercalcemia depends on the treatment goals determined by the patient, caregivers, and the physician. The natural course of untreated hypercalcemia progresses to loss of consciousness and coma. This may be preferred by some patients at the end of life who have unrelieved suffering and/or untreatable symptoms.