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Leprosy, Hypercalcemia, and Elevated Serum Calcitriol Levels

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The Medical College of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(6):890-891. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-105-6-890
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Increased calcitriol levels have been reported in patients who have hypercalcemia with sarcoid and other granulomatous diseases, which suggests that calcidiol 1-alpha-hydroxylase is produced extrarenally (1, 2). Granulomatous tissue from patients with sarcoid diseases has been shown subsequently to secrete an active calcitriol-like metabolite in vitro (3, 4). Hypercalcemia recently was documented in a patient with leprosy and suppressed calcitriol levels (5). We report the case of a patient who had leprosy, hypercalcemia, and elevated calcitriol levels.

A 53-year-old East-Indian woman had emigrated to the United States 4 years before hospitalization for repair of traumatic fractures of the right proximal


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