Hypocalcemia is a rare complication of osteosarcoma, having been described in only 4 reports. We present the case of a 16-year-old male with metastatic osteosarcoma of the right humerus who was found to have severe asymptomatic hypocalcemia. Cytogenetic analysis of peripheral blood revealed a microdeletion in band 22q11.2. Following amputation of the tumor-bearing extremity, the patient's calcium levels increased, but did not normalize. These findings suggested that the etiology of his hypocalcemia was osteoblastic utilization of calcium by the tumor, exacerbated by 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.
- 22q11.2 deletion syndrome
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health