Ionised calcium (Ca++), free calcium
Ionised calcium (Ca++) or free calcium, also called the ‘active form of calcium’, indicates the calcium used in processes transpiring in the body. Free calcium comprises 50% of the entire calcium present in the body. This microelement is important for the function of the nerves and muscles, gland secretion and blood clotting.
Prior registration is not required; upon arrival, please go straight to the reception.
Information on how to prepare for the test is available HERE.
Why it is worth
To be examined at our Centre?
- The laboratory is accredited with the ISO 15189 standard, so you can be confident that your tests will be performed to the highest quality.
- You will find out the results of the main tests within 1–2 hours and the rest within 1 day, except in cases where this is impossible due to the technological process (e.g., the time it takes for a culture to grow).
- The results of the tests carried out will be explained by our laboratory specialists. This service is only offered by a few laboratories in the country.
- If required, we can perform further tests using the same sample of blood, for up to 7 days after the sampling.
- No danger of damaging or mixing up the test samples due to transportation.
- Tests can be carried out anonymously.
Good to know
The test is recommended to those who have been determined with general calcium variations or vitamin D deficiency or who have had their parathyroid glands removed.
Muscle pains, sensitivity, weakness.
- vitamin D deficiency
- magnesium deficiency
- increased phosphorus concentration
- calcium absorption disorder
- acute pancreatitis
- renal insufficiency
- increased irritability
- stomach ache
- nausea, vomiting
- cardiac arrhythmia
- thirst, more frequent urination
It has been proven that long-term and substantial ionised calcium deficiency (so-called hypocalcemia) may cause the development of the following diseases:
- hypofunction of parathyroid hormone
- chronic renal insufficiency
- overdosing on vitamin D
- Paget’s disease
- use of thiazide diuretics
- certain forms of cancer
- Your test results will be ready within 1 working day.
You can pick them up at the reception or, if you wish, we will email them.
- For an explanation of the test results, you should call the laboratory tel. (+370) 247 64 17.
FAQ (frequently asked questions)
A general calcium test is carried out simultaneously with the ionised calcium test. Ionised calcium is associated with vitamin D deficiency or its excess; consequently, where ionised calcium deviations from the norm are established, it is worthwhile also having a vitamin D test carried out. When assessing the causes of a decrease in ionised calcium, the physician may recommend you to have magnesium, parathyroid hormone or phosphorus tests performed.
Contact your family doctor or internist or register to visit a physician specialising in this field at our centre. Please find the prices for a consultation HERE.