Recurrent falls from severe hypocalcemia resulting in nursing home placement

A preventable geriatric problem

Thiruvinvamalai 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 - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Hypocalcemia
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Geriatrics
Calcium
Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D

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Recurrent falls from severe hypocalcemia resulting in nursing home placement : A preventable geriatric problem. / Dharmarajan, Thiruvinvamalai S.; Ahmed, Shamim; Russell, Robin O.

In: Annals of Long-Term Care, Vol. 9, No. 7, 2001, p. 65-68.

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