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Milk-alkali syndrome

  • Treatment

    Treatment involves reducing or eliminating milk and other forms of calcium such as in antacids. If severe kidney failure has occurred, the damage may be permanent.

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    This condition is often reversible if kidney function remains normal. Severe prolonged cases may lead to permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis.


    The most common complications include:

    • Calcium deposits in tissues (calcinosis)
    • Kidney failure
    • Kidney stones

    Calling your health care provider

    Contact your health care provider if:

    • You drink large amounts of milk and you often use antacids.
    • You have any symptoms that might suggest kidney problems.