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From Uptodate on Clinical Manifestations of Hypocalcemia: Acute hypocalcemia directly increases peripheral neuromuscular irritability [ 1 ]. As measured electromyographically, tetany consists of repetitive high-frequency discharges after a single stimulus. Hyperexcitability of peripheral neurons is probably the most important pathophysiologic effect of ...


It is a question of transmembrane potential. Ca++ being a cation, means that if you decrease the amount of ionized calcium in the extra cellular fluid, it conceptually is nearly equivalent to having a more positively charged intracellular fluid. This in turn means that the cell will be closer to its threshold potential for depolarization, therefore ...

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