Hypercalcemia and acute kidney injury induced by eldecalcitol in patients with osteoporosis: a case series of 32 patients at a single facility

Seishi Aihara, Shunsuke Yamada, Hideaki Oka, Taro Kamimura, Toshiaki Nakano, Kazuhiko Tsuruya, Atsumi Harada

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Background: Eldecalcitol (ELD) is an active vitamin D3 analog that is widely used in Japan for the treatment of osteoporosis. The most common adverse drug reaction of ELD is hypercalcemia. However, few reports have focused on acute kidney injury (AKI) associated with ELD-induced hypercalcemia. Materials and methods: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records at our hospital for cases of hypercalcemia-induced AKI between April 2013 and February 2018. Among them, we focused on patients who developed AKI secondary to ELD-induced hypercalcemia. Results: Among 69 patients who developed hypercalcemia-induced AKI, 32 patients (46.4%) developed AKI associated with ELD-induced hypercalcemia. Their mean age was 82 ± 5 years, 97% of them were female, mean corrected serum calcium level was 12.2 ± 1.5 mg/dL, serum creatinine level was 2.5 ± 2.2 mg/dL, and estimated glomerular filtration rate was 23.9 ± 14.4 ml/min/1.73 m2 on admission. ELD administration was discontinued in all patients and some of them were treated with hydration with or without calcitonin, which was followed by a normalization of serum calcium level. Corrected serum calcium level on admission was significantly higher (p <.05) in patients treated with magnesium oxide. Although there were no significant differences, serum calcium and creatine levels on admission tended to be higher in patients who were treated with other drugs that affect renal hemodynamics and renal calcium metabolism than those not taking these drugs. Conclusions: Prescribers of ELD should regularly monitor serum calcium levels and kidney function to prevent hypercalcemia and AKI associated with ELD and pay more attention to concomitant drugs especially magnesium oxide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-97
Number of pages10
JournalRenal failure
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Nephrology


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