A delayed diagnosis: stridor secondary to hypocalcemia

Yunus Emre Mahallesi, Nurlu Sokak 4/6, Yenimahalle, Ankara, Turkey
International Journal of Emergency Medicine 01/2010; 3(4):461-462. DOI: 10.1007/s12245-010-0228-2
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ABSTRACT Hypocalcemia with stridor is a well-known condition in the pediatric age group but has rarely been reported in the elderly.
We report an elderly patient who presented with dyspnea and laryngeal stridor attack caused by hypocalcemia. The patient had
been suffering from stridor and dyspnea episodes for 2 years, and the etiology had not been determined until the evaluation
in our department. The cause of stridor was hypocalcemia secondary to thyroidectomy. Complete resolution of stridor was achieved
by calcium replacement therapy.

KeywordsHypocalcemia-Laryngospasm-Stridor-Postoperative complications

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