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What can cause an elevated calcium level?

Parathyroid hormone (PTH) removes calcium from the bones. In the gut, PTH indirectly causes increased absorption of the calcium we eat. In the kidney, PTH prevents the waste elimination of the extra calcium by promoting calcium re-absorption. All these mechanisms account for the elevation of calcium in the blood.
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