Hypercalcemia isn't a particularly common cause of critical illness, but when encountered this requires immediate treatment. Fortunately, advances in the management of hypercalemia have clarified how to control this safely and definitively. Forced diuresis with furosemide has largely fallen by the wayside, simplifying fluid and electrolyte management. The cornerstone of therapy is generally simultaneous initiation of calcitonin and an IV bisphosphonate.
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