Hypercalcaemia in adolescent tetraplegic patients: Case report and review

Franz U. Steinberg, Stanley J. Birge, Nancy E. Cooke

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The paper presents the case history of a 15-year-old boy with traumatic tetraplegia who developed hypercalcaemia within 6 weeks of injury. The condition was initially controlled by the infusion of intravenous fluids in large amounts and by the administration of calcitonin. After 3 weeks, calcitonin became ineffective. Eventually the hypercalcaemia responded to cortisone administered in low dosage. The endocrinologic implications of this observation are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-67
Number of pages8
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1978


  • Adrenocortical insufficiency
  • Hypercalcaemia
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Tetraplegia


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