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Corrected Calcium

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Calcium is the most plentiful mineral in the human body. Ninety-nine percent is stored in the bones and teeth where it provides structure and functionality. The remaining 1% of the body's calcium is necessary for vascular contraction and vasodilation, muscle function, nerve transmission, intracellular signaling, and hormonal secretion. Serum calcium levels do not fluctuate in response to dietary intake. Bone tissue is the reservoir for calcium and helps to maintain concentrations in the blood, the muscle, and intercellular fluids. As humans age, the bone is constantly being laid down and reabsorbed. In growing children, bone formation exceeds that of bone resorption. In young and middle-aged adults, the bone formation and resorption is about equal. In older adults, especially in post-menopausal women, bone loss exceeds that of bone formation, which is why their risk for osteoporosis continues to increase as they age. The Corrected Calcium test aims to mathematically correct the measured total calcium for reduced albumin levels, especially in cases where total calcium is normal but there's suspected hypercalcemia with concurrent hypoalbuminemia.

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Purpose of the test

The Corrected Calcium test aims to mathematically correct the measured total calcium for reduced albumin levels, especially in cases where total calcium is normal but there's suspected hypercalcemia with concurrent hypoalbuminemia.

Who Should Get Tested

Patients with suspected hypercalcemia and concurrent hypoalbuminemia, especially when the total calcium appears normal and an ionized calcium test cannot be obtained. It's important to note that the correction is not valid for certain groups, including those with chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease, or pregnant women

Preparing for the Test
Fasting
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Depending on the type of cholesterol test, you may be required to fast for 9 to 12 hours before the test. This means avoiding all food and drinks except water. Fasting is usually required for a lipid panel, which measures LDL and HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides.
Medications
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Inform your healthcare provider about any medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter medications and supplements, as they can affect your test results.
Alcohol
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Avoid alcohol consumption for at least 24 hours before the test, as alcohol can raise triglyceride levels.
Exercise
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Avoid heavy exercise for 24 hours before the test, as this can also affect cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Smoking
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Avoid smoking or using any nicotine products for at least 30 minutes before the test, as they can temporarily increase cholesterol levels.
Follow instructions
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Follow any specific instructions provided by your healthcare provider, such as the time of day to take the test or any dietary restrictions.
Interpreting Test Results

The results will provide a corrected calcium value, which has been adjusted for albumin levels. It's crucial to understand that the formula used for correction hasn't been validated for pediatric subjects. If there are any discrepancies or doubts, confirmatory testing with ionized calcium is advised.









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