Like a Rock: Diagnostic and Management Approach to Hypercalcemia (1152)
Companion Animal Medicine |  Endocrinology
Saturday |  7:00 AM -  7:50 AM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||303



Tekla Lee-Fowler DVM, MS
Auburn University

Dr. Tekla Lee-Fowler is an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Auburn University. She earned her DVM in 2005 from Mississippi State University. She then completed a rotating small animal internship at Mississippi State University followed by a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri. She earned her Master's with research focusing on feline asthma and completed a post-doctoral fellowship focusing on feline asthma and immunology. Dr. Lee-Fowler enjoys all aspects of internal medicine with a particular focus on respiratory medicine.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


Total hypercalcemia is a relatively common finding in dogs and cats. The question of whether to investigate further or simply monitor this finding often arises. We will discuss a diagnostic approach starting from this point and including a brief review of calcium homeostasis, differential diagnoses for hypercalcemia, and differentiating between these diagnoses based on ionized calcium, phosphorus, PTH, and PTHrP evaluation. Diagnostic imaging utilized for the evaluation of the hypercalcemic patient will also be discussed. Additionally, management of ionized hypercalcemia will be addressed. Case examples will be presented to allow application of the principles that are discussed.

Learning Objectives

1. The attendee will have an understanding of and diagnostic approach for total hypercalcemia

2. The attendee will understand the current management recommendations for hypercalcemia in general and in relation to primary hyperparathyroidism and idiopathic hypercalcemia

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