Increase in dialyzable calcium associated with therapy with lithium.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We measured total and dialyzable calcium concentrations in consecutive sera submitted for routine lithium analysis. Of 98 samples from 61 different individuals, six (6.1%) total calcium results and 32 (33%) dialyzable calcium results were above the respective reference intervals. By comparison, when both total and dialyzable calcium were measured on 50 different apparently healthy volunteers, no results were outside either reference interval (2.20--2.58 mmol/L for total and 1.30--1.47 mmol/L for dialyzable calcium). These increases were not due to age or sex differences between the patients and controls. From the dialyzable calcium data, there appears to be an even higher incidence of mild hypercalcemia in patients receiving oral lithium salts than is indicated by the total calcium concentration alone.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Toffaletti, J; McComb, RB; Bowers, GN

Published Date

  • October 1, 1979

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 1806 - 1809

PubMed ID

  • 476930

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-9147


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England