How is hypocalcemia defined?

Updated: Aug 08, 2019
  • Author: Manish Suneja, MD, FASN, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Patients with a decrease in total serum calcium may not have "true" hypocalcemia, which is defined as a decrease in ionized calcium. A reduction in total serum calcium can result from a decrease in albumin secondary to liver disease, nephrotic syndrome, or malnutrition.

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