Factors associated with Hypocalcemia in Neonatal Ward

Rizalya Dewi, Rinawati Rohsiswatmo

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Introduction: Calcium concentration is relatively high at the time of birth, but it abruptly decreases in 24 to 48 hours of life. Many conditions may affect this process, such as preterm birth, perinatal asphyxia, infant of diabetic mother, acidosis, alkalosis, and maternal use of certain drugs. The most frequent sign of hypocalcaemia is general seizure, accompanied with other non specific symptoms such as abdominal distention and hypotonia. The aim of this study are to find the incidence of hypocalcaemia in the neonatal ward and to find any relationships with factors that might influence the incidence.Methods: This is a retrospective study. Data were taken from medical records of all newbornhospitalized in Eria Bunda Mother and Children Hospital of Pekanbaru in 2011.Results: Out of 97 neonates that were examined in the first 24 hour, 36% were hypocalcemia.Conclusion: There are no correlation between disease severity and serum calcium concentration
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of the Indonesian Medical Association : Majalah Kedokteran Indonesia
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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