What is the total calcium concentration in the plasma?

Updated: Aug 08, 2019
  • Author: Manish Suneja, MD, FASN, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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A 70-kg person has approximately 1.2 kg of calcium in the body, more than 99% of which is stored as hydroxyapatite in bones. Less than 1% (5-6 g) is located in the intracellular and extracellular compartments, with only 1.3 g located extracellularly. The total calcium concentration in the plasma is 4.5-5.1 mEq/L (9-10.2 mg/dL). Fifty percent of plasma calcium is ionized, 40% is bound to proteins (90% of which binds to albumin), and 10% circulates bound to anions (eg, phosphate, carbonate, citrate, lactate, sulfate).


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