Two cases of humoral hypercalcemia of malignancy complicating infantile fibrosarcoma

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Abstract

We report two infants with infantile fibrosarcoma (IFS) complicated by severe hypercalcemia. Assessment demonstrated suppressed parathyroid hormone and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D levels with elevated circulating levels of parathyroid hormone related protein, indicating the diagnosis of humoral hypercalcemia of malignancy (HHM). HHM is a paraneoplastic syndrome rarely associated with pediatric malignancies. Hypercalcemia manifested clinically with neurologic symptoms and soft tissue calcium deposition and required aggressive management with intravenous fluids, diuretics, and supplemental electrolytes. Following treatment with neoadjuvant chemotherapy, serum calcium levels precipitously declined requiring calcium repletion. These cases highlight the improvement of hypercalcemia secondary to HHM following chemotherapy.

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