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Dec 16

What is Low Serum Calcium and how can it be avoided?

During a total thyroidectomy, the parathyroid glands must be carefully dissected away from the capsule of the thyroid gland and preserved. There is a small chance that the parathyroid glands will stop functioning after this dissection. Parathyroid hormone is what keeps our serum calcium level normal, therefore if the parathyroid hormone decreases, your serum calcium level decreases. You need a normal serum calcium level for your body to function- especially for normal muscle contraction. Gentle, careful dissection of the parathyroid glands from the capsule of the thyroid gland is all that can be done to avoid hypocalcemia after surgery.