Delirium da ipocalcemia severa

Translated title of the contribution: Delirium due to severe hypocalcaemia

F. Sabbatini, G. Lussignoli, G. Kuffenschin, C. Geroldi, M. Neri, O. Zanetti

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Abstract

A case of 79-year-old woman, with previous thyroidectomy, who developed a progressive memory loss and behavioural symptoms, associated with extrapyramidal disorders, is reported. We suspected a Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, but biochemistry tests revealed a serious hypocalcaemia (3,8 mg/dl), related to secondary hypoparathyroidism. She had a delirium, due to electrolytical imbalance. With calcium plus colecalciferol administration, symptoms resolved. Despite the low calcium level, the most serious clinical findings of hypocalcaemia (tetany, seizures, arythmias) were not detectable, indicating likely a chronic condition.

Translated title of the contributionDelirium due to severe hypocalcaemia
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)115-122
Number of pages8
JournalGiornale di Gerontologia
Volume54
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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