Which head and neck exam findings indicate hypocalcemia?

Updated: Aug 08, 2019
  • Author: Manish Suneja, MD, FASN, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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On head and neck examination, the hair may appear coarse, and alopecia may be present. Signs of recent trauma or of surgery of the neck (eg, scars over the thyroid region) should be noted. Perioral anesthesia may be present, and adults with chronic (since childhood) hypocalcemia may be at an increased risk for dental caries and enamel hypoplasia. On eye examination, subcapsular cataracts or papilledema may be seen.


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