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Hypocalcemia and stridor: an unusual presentation of vitamin D-deficient rickets.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9472759     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The differential diagnosis of stridor in the pediatric population is broad and should include hypocalcemia with resultant laryngospasm. We present the case of a breast-fed infant who presented to the pediatric emergency department with profound stridor during the winter months because of hypocalcemia of undiagnosed rickets. The patient responded to intravenous calcium chloride with rapid resolution of symptoms. Emergency physicians should consider obtaining ionized calcium levels in pediatric patients with stridor, especially when standard therapies for more common causes of stridor are ineffective.
J S Halterman; S A Smith
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of emergency medicine     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0736-4679     ISO Abbreviation:  J Emerg Med     Publication Date:    1998 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-04-02     Completed Date:  1998-04-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412174     Medline TA:  J Emerg Med     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  41-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital, New York 14642-8655, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Breast Feeding
Calcium Chloride / therapeutic use
Disease-Free Survival
Emergency Service, Hospital
Hypocalcemia / diagnosis,  drug therapy,  etiology*
Injections, Intravenous
Respiratory Sounds / diagnosis,  etiology*
Rickets / complications*,  diagnosis*,  drug therapy
Reg. No./Substance:
10043-52-4/Calcium Chloride

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