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Hypocalcemia Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Hypocalcemia. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. Symptoms of low calcium?

    Why: e.g. pins and needles, numbness around the mouth, cramps, anxiety, muscular contractions (tetany). The symptoms may be followed by seizures, stridor and psychosis.

  2. Sunlight exposure?

    Why: lack of sunlight exposure can cause Vitamin D deficiency and osteomalacia and thus low calcium.

  3. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. acute pancreatitis, chronic renal failure, DiGeorge's syndrome, hypoparathyroidism.

  4. Past surgical history?

    Why: e.g. immediately following removal of thyroid or parathyroid low calcium levels are usually transient.

  5. Medications?

    Why: some medications may cause low calcium levels including calcitonin and diphosphonates; prolonged laxative use can cause low magnesium and thus low calcium.

  6. Family history?

    Why: e.g. X-linked hypophosphatemia (rickets).

  7. Symptoms of chronic renal failure?

    Why: The early stages of renal failure are often completely without symptoms. Later symptoms may include tiredness, loss of appetite, insomnia, frequency of urination, itch, nausea, vomiting, restless legs.

  8. Symptoms of DiGeorge syndrome?

    Why: Presents in infants usually in the first few weeks of life with signs of congenital heart disease (blue lips and skin, shortness of breath, poor feeding, failure to thrive) and later with intellectual impairment, visual impairment (from cataracts).

  9. Symptoms of pseudohypoparathyroidism?

    Why: e.g. short stature, short metacarpal bones (hand bones), intellectual impairment.

  10. Symptoms of rickets?

    Why: e.g. bowing and bending of the legs when the child starts to walk, delayed dentition, muscular weakness.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Hypocalcemia:

The following list of conditions have 'Hypocalcemia' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Hypocalcemia:

The following list of medical conditions have 'Hypocalcemia' or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.

 

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