A delayed diagnosis: stridor secondary to hypocalcemia

Int J Emerg Med. 2010 Oct 23;3(4):461-2. doi: 10.1007/s12245-010-0228-2.


Hypocalcemia with stridor is a well-known condition in the pediatric age group but has rarely been reported in the elderly. We report an elderly patient who presented with dyspnea and laryngeal stridor attack caused by hypocalcemia. The patient had been suffering from stridor and dyspnea episodes for 2 years, and the etiology had not been determined until the evaluation in our department. The cause of stridor was hypocalcemia secondary to thyroidectomy. Complete resolution of stridor was achieved by calcium replacement therapy.

Keywords: Hypocalcemia; Laryngospasm; Postoperative complications; Stridor.