milk-alkali syndrome


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Related to milk-alkali syndrome: metabolic alkalosis, hyperparathyroidism, hypercalcemia

milk-alkali syndrome

[′milk ′al·kə‚lī ‚sin‚drōm]
(medicine)
A complex of symptoms associated with prolonged excessive intake of milk and soluble alkali, including hypercalcemia, renal insufficiency, milk alkalosis, conjunctivitis, and calcinosis. Also known as Burnett's syndrome; milk-drinker's syndrome.
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Milk-alkali syndrome (MAS) was common when milk and absorbable alkali were the main treatment for peptic ulcer disease.
In contrast, the ingestion of large amounts of calcium plus absorbable alkali ('milk-alkali syndrome') (MAS) is a well-known cause of renal failure.18 MAS is characterised by hypercalcaemia and results from sustained intake of excessive amounts of calcium carbonate (~4-5 g per day).
The milk-alkali syndrome arose in the early 1900s when patients ingested abundant amounts of milk and antacids to control their ulcers.