Location: Children's Nutrition Research CenterTitle: Abnormalities of serum calcium and magnesium) Author
Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/20/2011
Publication Date: 1/20/2012
Citation: Abrams, S.A. 2012. Abnormalities of serum calcium and magnesium. In: Cloheryt, J.P., Eichenwald, E.C., Hansen, A.R., Stark, A.R., editors. Manual of Neonatal Care, 7th edition. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 297-303. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: Neonatal hypocalcemia is defined as a total serum calcium concentration of <7 mg/dL or an ionized calcium concentration of <4 mg/dL (1mmol/L). In very low birth weight (VLBW) infants, ionized calcium values of 0.8 to 1 mmol/L are common and not usually associated with clinical symptoms. In larger infants and in infants of >32 weeks' gestation, symptoms may more readily occur with an ionized calcium concentration of <1 mmol/L.