Hypocalcaemia in malignancy is infrequently reported and the underlying cause is often multifactorial. Denosumab, an antiresorptive medication, can be used to treat a number of cancer-related complications including hypercalcaemia, metastatic bone pain and to reduce fracture-events. We present a case of a hospice inpatient with profound and recurring hypocalcaemia following a single denosumab infusion which required repeated hospitalisation, for intravenous calcium, alongside a prolonged course of vitamin D and electrolyte replacement. The case highlights the risk of hypocalcaemia with denosumab use, together with the need to identify and treat vitamin D deficiency in both the prevention and management of such a complication.
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- drug administration
- hospice care
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