Hypocalcemia: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Symptoms of hypocalcemia arise from lower than normal levels of calcium in the blood. Some affected people, especially if the condition is mild, will not have symptoms. Others may have severe and life-threatening symptoms. Symptoms include

  • numbness and/or tingling of the hands, feet, or lips,
  • muscle cramps,
  • muscle spasms,
  • seizures,
  • facial twitching,
  • muscle weakness,
  • lightheadedness, and
  • slow heartbeat.

Psychoemotional symptoms can also be seen, including

Causes of hypocalcemia

There are a number of medical conditions that can cause hypocalcemia. Some of the most common include renal (kidney) failure, hyperphosphatemia (elevated blood phosphate levels), hypoalbuminemia (low albumin), vitamin D deficiency, magnesium deficiency, pancreatitis, and hypoparathyroidism.

Other hypocalcemia symptoms and signs

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Brittle Nails
  • Coarse Hair
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)
  • Dry Skin
  • Facial Twitching
  • Hallucinations
  • Irritability
  • Itching
  • Lightheadedness
  • Mood Changes
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Numbness in Feet
  • Numbness in Hands
  • Numbness in Lips
  • Seizures
  • Slow Heartbeat
  • Tingling in Feet
  • Tingling in Hands
  • Tingling Lips
  • Wheezing

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/10/2019


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