How can radiographic contrast dyes cause hypocalcemia?

Updated: Aug 08, 2019
  • Author: Manish Suneja, MD, FASN, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Some radiographic contrast dyes may contain ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), which chelates calcium in serum, thereby reducing serum ionized calcium concentration, resulting in hypocalcemia. Gadolinium-based contrast material can falsely lower serum calcium levels and should be considered if levels are drawn shortly after magnetic resonance imaging.

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