How can severe hypocalcemia be prevented?

Updated: Aug 08, 2019
  • Author: Manish Suneja, MD, FASN, FACP; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Start oral calcium and vitamin D treatment early. Patients with postparathyroidectomy hungry bone disease, especially those with osteitis fibrosa cystica, can present with a dramatic picture of hypocalcemia. Treatment with calcium and vitamin D for 1-2 days prior to parathyroid surgery may help prevent the development of severe hypocalcemia.


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