Hypercalcemia in cats (Proceedings)


Hypercalcemia in cats (Proceedings)

Apr 01, 2010

Possible mechanisms of hypercalcemia

Increased intake/absorption (intestinal)

Decreased loss (renal tubular reabsorption)

Increased bone resorption

Veterinary Literature

      Midkiff et al

           - Retrospective of 20 cats with hypercalcemia (11.5-14.1 mg/dL)
           - 14 cats had known dietary history: all on acidifying diets
           - assays run: (not all tests run on all cats) total calcium, ionized calcium, PTH, PTHrP, calcitriol, 25, dihydroxycholecalciferol, fractional excretion of calcium (spot checks only)


Diet: 11/20, no response, except one concurrent treatment with steroids
Surgery: 2/20, transient (days) response, recurrence of hypercalcemia
Glucocorticoids: 6/20, 10-12.5 mg per cat per day
      4/6 had complete response
      2/6 had partial response (i.e. decrease in either total or ionized serum calcium but not both)


15/20 cats were alive 7 years past diagnosis

      Savary KCM, et al

           - Retrospective of 71 cats with hypercalcemia and a clinical diagnosis
           - Majority paraneoplastic or CRF
           - 11/71: urolithiasis with no other diagnosis
           o mean calcium 11.5 0.4 mg/dL
           o significantly lower than paraneoplastic (mean 13.52.5)
           o of those with known dietary history, only 1/2 on acidifying diets

      McClain HM et al

          - Retrospective of 5 cats who presented with lower urinary tract signs, CaOx urolithiasis
          - On acidifying diets, switched to W/D, hypercalcemia resolved
           - Due to decreased acid, or increased fiber with decreased intestinal absorption?

Idiopathic hypercalcemic disorders in humans

      Familial benign hypercalcemia

           Normal PTH levels
           Normal D2 and D3 levels
           Don't respond to steroid therapy

      Williams syndrome/Idiopathic infantile hypercalcemia

           Moderate to severe hypercalcemia
           Nephrocalcinosis with hypercaliuria
           Respond to steroid, calcitonin
           Decreased calcitonin levels, sometimes increases in calcitriol levels
           Can grow out of it


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Savary KCM, Price GS, Vaden SL. Hypercalcemia in cats: A retrospective study of 71 cats (1991-1997). JVIM 2000 14:184-189.

McClain HM, Barsanti JM, Bartges JW. Hypercalcemia and calcium oxaloate urolithiasis in cats: A report of 5 cases. JAAHA 1999 35:297-301.

Rodd C, Goodyer P. Hypercalcemia of the newborn: Etiology, evaluation, and management. Pediatr Nephrol 2000 14:354-355.

Shimizu H, Kodama S, Takeuchi A, Matui T. Idiopathic infantile hypercalcemia discovered in the newborn period. Acta Pediatrica Japonica 1994 36:720-723.

Alon U, Berkowitz D, Berant M. Idiopathic infantile hypercalcemia. Child Nephrol & Urol. 1992 12:47-50.