Letters Hypocalcaemia

More causes of hypocalcaemia

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a354 (Published 19 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1392
  1. Federico Marchetti, attending physician,
  2. Nagua Giurici, resident in paediatrics,
  3. Alessandro Ventura, director
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, IRCCS Burlo Garofolo and University of Trieste, 34100 Trieste, Italy
  1. marchetti{at}burlo.trieste.it

In their review of the diagnosis and management of hypocalcaemia,1 Cooper and Gittoes did not mention some important causes of severe hypocalcaemia in critically ill patients—namely, alkalosis,2 acute pancreatitis,3 and repeated transfusions.2 3 4 Alkalosis can induce …

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