NEWARK, N.J. – Severely elevated levels of calcium (hypercalcemia) were identified in a toddler hospitalized in New Jersey for symptoms including vomiting, malaise and weakness. University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) physicians believe this condition occurred when the child ingested a highly concentrated liquid form of Vitamin D, called Raquiferol D3, and warn the public about ingestion of this product.
This product, which was manufactured in South America, is not licensed to be sold in the United States.
“People should refrain from using herbal remedies, home preparations and over-the-counter medications without the advice of qualified health professionals, especially when treating small children,” said Dr. Carol Singer-Granick, a pediatric endocrinologist and associate professor of pediatrics at the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. “To prevent medical emergencies, remember that preparations sold without a prescription can be harmful.”
Reports show several cases of hypercalcemia were identified within the tri-state area in recent months, according to physicians at the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES). Other symptoms include: poor appetite, abdominal pain, constipation, headache, muscle weakness, lethargy and coma.
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The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is the nation’s largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 6,000 students attending the state’s three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and its only school of public health on five campuses. Annually, there are more than two million patient visits at UMDNJ facilities and faculty practices at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, which provides a continuum of healthcare services with multiple locations throughout the state.