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Tetany is typically associated with lower than normal blood calcium levels. It is characterized by exaggerated neuromuscular activity, though the severity of the issue determines the symptoms. Some people with low calcium levels are asymptomatic, while others face

life-threatening emergencies. Several conditions can cause tetany and treatments ultimately strive to treat the underlying condition and prevent future problems.

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1. A Symptom, Not a Condition

Tetany is not a condition itself but a symptom of something else. Because a lot of things can bring on this issue, identifying the underlying condition can be difficult. Although low calcium is the most common cause, tetany can also happen due to low magnesium or alkalosis. Tetany has many symptoms, including two hallmark indicators: Trousseau's sign and Chvostek's sign.

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