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High calcium level in old age. Why should we remove the spleen? What is diagnosis?

My mother has been in hospital for 16 days. She is 83 and was taken in because her calcium levels were very high. She has an enlarged spleen . All cancer investigations have been negative but she is still on a drip to reduce her calcium levels. They are now talking about removing her spleen. What could the diagnosis be?
Asked On : Wed, 4 Jul 2012
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General Surgeon 's  Response
Apr 2013
Thanks for the query.
I think taht you misunderstood something. Usually spleen disorder is not related to calcium levels and only rarely the spleen can be cause of high ca. More commonly spleen is removed to hematologic or malignant diseases so they probably assume that there is some of these diseases. Spleen removal is not having some effect on calcium levels. She probably has enlarged spleen or hemolytica anemia so consult your doctors again about indications for surgery
Wish you good health. Feel free to ask. Regards
Answered: Thu, 21 Nov 2013
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