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What are the treatment options for hypercalcemia?

Treatment options for hypercalcemia may include hospitalization until your calcium levels are back to normal. You may need IV fluids to help rehydrate your body, since calcium levels rise when there is less fluid in your body. Hormone and steroid medications, like corticosteroids and calcitonin, may be necessary. You may need to undergo hemodialysis to clean calcium and waste material from your blood, especially if you have suffered kidney damage.

If the cause of your hypercalcemia is hyperparathyroidism, you may need surgery to remove the parathyroid gland. Medication can sometimes help slow parathyroid activity, returning blood calcium levels to normal. If your hypercalcemia is occurs due to cancer, then keeping your blood calcium levels down may become part of your cancer treatment plan.

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