The Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast

REBOOT #281 Hypercalcemia: Calci-fun! with Dr. Carl Pallais

Dec. 18, 2023

Absorb all (but not too much) of the Calcium for your brain hole as Dr. Carl Pallais (Brigham and Women’s Hospital) walks us through his approach to Hypercalcemia. We learn about how tightly our body regulates calcium and what to do when that regulation goes awry.  Not to mention that PTH is the name to remember (and phosphorus, if you need a quick stand-in while that PTH is pending).  

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Absorb all (but not too much) of the Calcium for your brain hole as Dr. Carl Pallais (Brigham and Women’s Hospital) walks us through his approach to Hypercalcemia. We learn about how tightly our body regulates calcium and what to do when that regulation goes awry.  Not to mention that PTH is the name to remember (and phosphorus, if you need a quick stand-in while that PTH is pending). 

Show Segments

  • Intro, disclaimer, guest bio
  • Dr. Pallais One-Liner
  • Case from Kashlak
  • Definitions: What’s a Normal Calcium Level, and how to adjust for Albumin
  • Causes of hypercalcemia
  • How Lithium works! 
  • Testing for Hypercalcemia: Get that PTH, and that phos 
  • Symptoms of Hypercalcemia, and Questions on History 
  • Indications for Surgery for Parathyroidectomy 
  • Management of Hypercalcemia and Hypercalcemic Emergency 
  • Outro
Credits

  • Producer, Writer, Infographic, Cover Art: Nora Taranto MD 
  • Hosts: Matthew Watto MD, FACP; Nora Taranto MD  
  • Reviewer: Yan Emily Yuan MD, MSc
  • Editor: Matthew Watto MD (written materials); Clair Morgan of nodderly.com
  • Guest:  Carl Pallais MD, MPH 
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