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A client with a recent thyroidectomy complains of numbness and tingling around the mouth. Which of the following findings indicates the serum calcium is low?



A. Bone pain
B. Depressed deep tendon reflexes
C. Positive Chvostek s sign
D. Nausea

This question is part of Fluids and Electrolytes NCLEX practice questions
Asked by Wyatt Williams, Last updated: Dec 05, 2017

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Mar 10, 2017

Positive Chvostek s sign

Numbness and tingling around the mouth indicate hypocalcemia, which results in neuromuscular irritability. A positive Chvosteks sign is the contraction of facial muscles when the facial nerve in front of the ear is tapped. Bone pain, nausea, and depressed deep tendon reflexes are signs of hypercalcemia.
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