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calcium level is limit (101, when has to be < 100), corrected calcium is normal, but pth is a bit low 16 (15 to 65). should i worry? i'm 23. thank you

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Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Would not worry but: You are probably fine and just need to be followed. Since the corrected calcium (I suspect this is ionized calcium) is OK this is not an urgent problem. I would want to be sure your general medical health is OK. You can see your physician for that

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