What is Hypocalcemia? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment


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Which of the following serum calcium levels would be considered normal?

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1. A nurse is caring for four patients on a medical surgical unit. Which patient should the nurse observe for signs and symptoms of hypocalcemia?

2. A nurse is assessing a patient who has undergone a thyroidectomy, surgical removal of the thyroid gland, due to cancer. When the nurse inflates the blood pressure cuff, the patient's arm turns inward in a spasm. Which positive sign of hypocalcemia does this symptom indicate?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet gauge your understanding of different factors of hypocalcemia. Students will be tested on the vitamins that need to be supplemented for hypocalcemia and a life threatening symptom of hypocalcemia.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Normal serum calcium levels
  • Patient most vulnerable for hypocalcemia
  • Symptom indicated when the muscles in the arm spasm when a blood pressure cuff is inflated
  • Life threatening symptom of hypocalcemia
  • Vitamins that should be supplemented for hypocalcemia

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the hypocalcemia lesson
  • Knowledge application- use your knowledge to answer questions about a life threatening symptom of hypocalcemia
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding what the normal serum calcium levels are

Additional Learning

To learn more about the characteristics of low calcium levels in the body, review the lesson, What is Hypocalcemia? - Causes, Symptoms & Treatment. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Identify what hypocalcemia is and risk factors for developing it
  • Review the causes of hypocalcemia and how patients who have their thyroid gland removed are at an increased risk of hypocalcemia
  • Learn about the symptoms of hypocalcemia
  • Recall the treatment for hypocalcemia