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Just took my child to the doctor who diagnosed low calcium. What is that? I need to tell the teacher.

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Dr. Joseph Woods
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In brief: Hypocalcemia.

Hypocalcemia is low serum calcium (less than 9 mg/dl).
This can have many causes, like hypoparathyroidism, and renal failure. This usually has symptoms (muscle spasms) and abnormal readings like high phosphate. In children, it is likely from vitamin d dependent ricketts type i or ii. Intesinal malabsorptoin can also cause it. Treatment is Calcium Chloride or gluconate, and Calcitriol (vit d).

In brief: Hypocalcemia.

Hypocalcemia is low serum calcium (less than 9 mg/dl).
This can have many causes, like hypoparathyroidism, and renal failure. This usually has symptoms (muscle spasms) and abnormal readings like high phosphate. In children, it is likely from vitamin d dependent ricketts type i or ii. Intesinal malabsorptoin can also cause it. Treatment is Calcium Chloride or gluconate, and Calcitriol (vit d).
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