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  • Symptoms
    • Abdominal pain
    • Brittle nails
    • Cataracts
    • Dry hair
    • Dry, scaly skin
    • Muscle cramps
    • Muscle spasms called tetany (can affect the larynx, causing breathing difficulties)
    • Pain in the face, legs, and feet
    • Seizures
    • Tingling lips, fingers, and toes
    • Weakened tooth enamel (in children)

    Additional symptoms may include:

    • Decreased consciousness
    • Delayed or absent tooth formation
    • Hand or foot spasms
    • Painful menstruation

    Signs and tests

    Blood tests will be done to check calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and PTH levels. An ECG may show abnormal heart rhythms.

    A urine test may be done to determine how much calcium is being removed from the body.