Hypercalcemia in a Patient with Hypoparathyroidism and Nocardia astéroïdes Infection: A Novel Observation

David H. Dockrell, Gregory A. Poland

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Hypercalcemia is associated with numerous chronic granulomatous processes and chronic infections. Increased production of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D by activated macrophages has been shown to be the cause in most cases. In this article, we describe a case of hypercalcemia related to infection with Nocardia astéroïdes. In a 34-year-old woman who previously had hypocalcemia, acute hypercalcemia developed coincident with Nocardia pericarditis. The hypercalcemia resolved after treatment of A7, astéroïdes with sulfisoxazole. Parathyroid hormone and phosphorus levels were within normal limits, and total 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels were only mildly increased. After successful treatment of the Nocardia infection, the patient required supplemental calcium and vitamin D. Her hypercalcemia was temporally related to the duration of the N. astéroïdes infection. We believe this is the first reported case of hypercalcemia associated with N. astéroïdes infection. copy; 1997 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)757-760
Number of pages4
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1997

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