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Suffering from arthritis. High serum calcium levels in the blood. What does it mean? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 10-Jun-2013
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Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Yes Doctor, I have one query
Doctor:Proceed with your query.
User:My mother in law in her blood test has got serum calcium level of 12. What does this indicates
User:she has been suffering from arthritis from last 35 years
Doctor:Is it normal calcium level or ionized calcium level?
User:it states serum calcium
User:in the report
Doctor:Let me brief you.
Doctor:Serum calcium levels are of 2 types - total calcium and ionized calcium.
Doctor:If it was not specified, it might probably be the total calcium level.
User:does this indicates some issue
Doctor:Total calcium value of is 9 to 10.5.
Doctor:A higher value is occasionally found in some individuals without causing any troubles.
Doctor:In a few this may be suggestive of some illness associated with bones / renal conditions.
Doctor:Since the values are marginally higher, we can recheck the levels after couple of weeks.
Doctor:If they are found higher she can be subjected to other investigations to look bones, renal system and heart.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:she was recently hospitalised for arthritis issue and was injected with calcium injections
User:yes followed
Doctor:Perhaps that could be reason for elevated total calcium levels.
User:now she has been given calciton injection to reduce the calcium
Doctor:If she doesn't have any symptoms now, you could recheck the levels again after a couple of weeks time.
User:symptoms like what
Doctor:Speaking about symptoms, watch for weakness, muscle cramps, tingling sensation, palpitations, loss of appetite and complaints of abdominal pain.
User:Thank you doctor
User:it was very helpful
Doctor:There are a few vague symptoms which may occur.
Doctor:Hope I answered your query.
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:yes, thanks doctor
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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