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Case reports: Severe hypocalcemia in infants

Posted on: July 22, 2013   by  John Cannell, MD

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Recently, physicians in Portugal wrote that an old disease in infants is reappearing. And no, it’s not just rickets we’re talking about. Beyond rickets, very severe low blood calcium levels can cause infants to have severe difficulty breathing, severe muscle spasm, seizures, heart failure and death.

In the present case study, the doctors report on a  series of four such children who were either highly pigmented or came from families where members cover almost all of their skin with clothing.

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