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Anatomy Case Study – Hypercalcemia



Your high school students will love learning about diseases through this anatomy case study! This is a great addition to any Anatomy & Physiology, Health Sciences, or Medical Pathology course and the problem-based lesson provides a great example of real NGSS phenomena.

Hypercalcemia, most often caused by an overactive parathyroid gland, is a disorder that causes an elevated blood calcium level. Therefore, this case study would fit well into several body system units: the skeletal system, the urinary system, or the endocrine system. Case studies are perfect for extending thinking on a topic or for use as sub plans. Answer keys are included.

Topics addressed: functions of calcium in the body, bipolar disorder, hypercalcemia (or hypercalcaemia), parathyroid hormone, calcitonin, parathyroid gland, thyroid gland, tumor, nephrons, kidneys


Three versions are included:

1. Guided Case Study– Students are presented with the symptoms and diagnosis, then led through the related information about the condition. Questions are presented as a reading comprehension-style assignment. This is a great choice for struggling students or as a quick supplement to your unit.

2. Research-based Case Study– Students are presented with the symptoms and diagnosis. Websites are provided for additional information in order to answer the related questions about the condition. This is a great choice for more advanced/independent students or if you have more available class time.

*A digital page has been added to aid in the easy use of research links.

3. Digital Case Study- Students are provided the same links as the research-based study, but they are live websites for easy internet searching and questions are provided in a digital document or Google Form for easy grading. This is a great choice for 1:1 classrooms or independent learners that are familiar with Google Classroom.

*Please note: To determine if this case study fits with the difficulty level of your course, please click on the PREVIEW above.


If you haven’t introduced hormones and glands yet, you might want to check out my Endocrine System Bundle (includes instructional PowerPoint, Doodle Notes, and Activities).

Looking for more resources? See my other Anatomy Case Studies and my Full Anatomy Curriculum!


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