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Hypocalcemia is an abnormally low level of calcium in the blood. It
may be caused by vitamin D deficiency, kidney failure, acute
pancreatitis, or insufficient magnesium and protein in the blood.
Other causes of hypocalcemia include low levels of parathyroid hormone (hypoparathyroidism), malnutrition, and parathyroid surgery.
Symptoms often do not occur with mild hypocalcemia. As hypocalcemia
becomes more severe, the following symptoms may develop:
Hypocalcemia is treated by determining and treating the cause of
the low blood calcium. Oral or intravenous calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D are given to restore the
blood level to normal.
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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