Recurrent falls from severe hypocalcemia resulting in nursing home placement: A preventable geriatric problem

T. S. Dharmarajan, Shamim Ahmed, Robin O. Russell

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Abstract

Hypovitaminosis D - one cause of hypocalcemia - is common in older adults but appears underrecognized as a preventable cause of falls. The case reported in this article illustrates the need to increase awareness of vitamin D and calcium deficiency as potential and reversible causes of falls and functional impairment in the elderly. Administration of vitamin D and calcium in this patient helped to improve her function and mobility and to decrease her musculoskeletal complaints.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-68
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Long-Term Care
Volume9
Issue number7
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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