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Calcium is an important mineral needed for blood clotting and bone health. This test measures the amount of calcium in the blood.
1.0 mL serum (0.5 mL minimum) collected in serum separator tube (SST/Tiger Top)
Refrigerated (ship on frozen cold packs)
Refrigerated: 7 days
- Low: <8.6 mg/dL
- Normal: 8.6-10.4 mg/dL
- High: >10.4 mgl/dL
- Alert: ≤6.0 or ≥13.0 mg/dL
- Elevated levels can indicate dehydration, hyperparathyroidism, kidney disease, bone cancer or high Vitamin D, Vitamin A, or Calcium intake.
- Low levels can indicate hypoparathyroid gland problems, intestinal absorption problems, and kidney failure.
- Identify etiology of elevated calcium with physical assessment and additional diagnostic tests as indicated.
- Treatment is based on etiology of elevation.