Hypocalcaemia: Post-surgical monitoring

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Hypocalcaemia can sometimes develop after surgery to the thyroid gland. Learn about hypocalcaemia, why it can happen after thyroid surgery and the symptoms parents should look for.

Key points

  • Hypocalcaemia is a condition where calcium levels in the blood are lower than normal.
  • Hypocalcaemia can sometimes occur after thyroid surgery due to temporary or permanent damage to the parathyroid glands.
  • Calcium levels will be monitored after surgery; if they are too low then the health-care team may start your child on calcium and a form of vitamin D.
Last updated: November 15th 2022