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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46-47

Redefining hypocalcemia for surgeons

Department of Surgical Oncology, M. N. Budhrani Cancer Institute, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Karthik K Prasad
M. N. Budhrani Cancer Institute, 7-9 Koregaon Park, Pune - 411 001, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jco.jco_1_18

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Hypocalcemia is a well-known complication of parathyroidectomy. Although biochemical hypocalcemia denotes serum levels of total calcium below the lower limit of the reference range, symptoms of hypocalcemia occur even with normal/high calcium levels in postparathyroidectomy patients. Understanding the pathophysiology of hypocalcemia, rather than just treating the biochemical parameters, is more important in the management of these patients.

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