What is the first step in the evaluation of hypocalcemia?

Updated: Aug 08, 2019
  • Author: Manish Suneja, MD, FASN, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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The first step in evaluation of hypocalcemia is to exclude factitious cases by measuring the serum albumin levels, as low serum albumin levels can cause a reduction in the total, but not the ionized, fraction of serum calcium. Patients do not have any signs or symptoms of hypocalcemia.


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