Because hypocalcemia has so many causes, it can be difficult to prevent. Make sure you get enough calcium in your diet. If you have hypoparathyroidism, pancreatitis, kidney problems, malabsorptive problems - or problems absorbing all the nutrients from your food - or if you are taking certain prescription drugs, talk to your doctor about the risk of hypocalcemia.
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- Can hypocalcemia be prevented?
What salvage procedures can help hold the hip in place?
Discovery Health answered
There are salvage procedures, including one called a shelf and Chiari osteotomy, which use non-articular cartilage to help hold the hip in place.
The added cartilage in these procedures is called fibrocartilage, which is not true articular cartilage.
In severe cases of dysplasia, poor blood supply leads to bone death or arthritis. This kind of dysplasia is called avascular necrosis (AVN).
In AVN cases, or in cases where the hip socket is small or misshapen, a shelf and Chiari osteotomy may be the only alternative.
Another salvage option is called an athrodesis, or fusion, which eliminates hip motion. This procedure tends to be used mostly in active, young patients, who have poor cartilage.
How do kidney problems lead to hypocalcemia?
Kidney problems are a primary cause of hypocalcemia. When the kidneys malfunction, they may excrete too much of the calcium in your blood through your urine. This can lead to chronically low blood calcium levels and hypocalcemia.
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