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  • Treatment

    The goal of treatment is to reduce symptoms and prevent more calcium from being deposited in the kidneys.

    Measures should be taken to reduce abnormal levels of calcium, phosphate, and oxalate in the blood. Medications that cause calcium loss will usually be stopped.

    Conditions that result from the disorder should be treated as appropriate.

    Kidney stones should be treated.

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    Expectations (prognosis)

    What to expect depends on the extent of complications and the cause of the disorder.

    Although further deposits in the kidneys can be prevented with good treatment, deposits already formed usually cannot be eliminated. Extensive deposits of calcium in the kidneys does NOT always mean severe damage to the kidneys.

    • Acute renal failure
    • Chronic renal failure
    • Kidney stones
    • Obstructive uropathy (acute or chronic, unilateral or bilateral)

    Calling your health care provider

    Call your health care provider if you know you have a disorder that causes high levels of calcium in your blood and you develop symptoms of nephrocalcinosis.