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 contribution||Delirium due to severe hypocalcaemia|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Giornale di Gerontologia|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geriatrics and Gerontology