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      Pamidronate: Treatment for Severe Hypercalcemia in Neonatal Subcutaneous Fat Necrosis

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          Background: Subcutaneous fat necrosis (SCFN) of the newborn is an uncommon disorder that occurs in the first weeks of life after foetal distress. It can be complicated by potentially life-threatening hypercalcemia. Treatments of hypercalcemia have included hydration, furosemide and corticosteroids. Only one report has described the use of intravenous bisphosphonates for this condition. We propose that pamidronate could be the first line therapy for severe hypercalcemia in SCFN. Patients and Results: Four newborns presented between 2001 and 2004 with SCFN complicated by severe hypercalcemia. At diagnosis, ionized calcium levels were higher than 1.4 mmol/l and were associated with high urinary calcium/creatinine ratios and high 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D levels. Despite treatment with IV fluids, low calcium diet and furosemide, calcium levels remained high. The patients were given 3–4 doses (0.25–0.50 mg/kg/dose) of pamidronate. Urinary calcium/creatinine ratios and calcium levels decreased within 48–96 h. 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D levels normalized with resolution of the skin lesions. No persistent nephrocalcinosis was observed. Conclusion: Pamidronate is effective, well-tolerated in the short-term and obviates the need for prolonged treatment with furosemide and corticosteroids. To prevent nephrocalcinosis, pamidronate might be considered as first line treatment for severe hypercalcemia in SCFN.

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          To determine normal values for the urinary calcium/creatinine ratio (UCa/Cr) in infants. To assess the impact of short-term supplementation of infant formula with calcium and phosphorus on UCa/Cr in a group of infants. We determined UCa/Cr in randomly collected urine samples from a group of children and adults. Short-term supplementation of infant formula with calcium glycerophosphate was carried out in 21 infants, and UCa/Cr was monitored in a before-and-after trial. A pediatric clinic at an academic center (infants and adults), and a day-care center (older children). A total of 103 infants between 5 days and 7 months of age, 40 infants between 8 and 17 months of age, 41 children between 18 months and 6 years, and 31 adults. The 95th percentiles for molar UCa/Cr for the different age groups were as follows: less than 7 months, 2.42 (0.86 mg/mg); 7 to 18 months, 1.69 (0.60 mg/mg); 19 months to 6 years, 1.18 (0.42 mg/mg); and adults, 0.61 (0.22 mg/mg). Regression analysis indicated a statistically significant decline in average UCa/Cr with age (R2 = 0.115, p < 0.0001 for log (UCa/Cr) vs log (age)). The geometric means for the two groups of infants were significantly greater than those of the older children and the adults (p < 0.05). Values for UCa/Cr in adults in our sample were comparable to those previously reported. We detected no significant changes in mean UCa/Cr during week-long periods of calcium supplementation of up to 1.8 gm of calcium and 1.39 gm of phosphorus per liter of formula. We conclude that normal values for UCa/Cr are much higher in infants than in older children and adults; UCa/Cr is age-related and declines gradually in the first several years of life, and short-term supplementation of infant formula with calcium glycerophosphate has minimal effect on UCa/Cr.
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                Horm Res Paediatr
                Hormone Research in Paediatrics
                S. Karger AG
                June 2006
                09 June 2006
                : 65
                : 6
                : 289-294
                aEndocrinology Service, Departments of bPaediatrics, cDermatology and dPathology, Sainte-Justine Hospital and Research Center, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada
                92602 Horm Res 2006;65:289–294
                © 2006 S. Karger AG, Basel

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