Discipline - Clinical chemistry
Total calcium
Facility level:
Assay formats
Semi-automated chemistry analyser
Status history
First added in 2020
Purpose type
Determination of Physiological Status
To identify hypercalcaemia or hypocalcaemia, to assess calcium metabolism, to monitor total calcium levels in patients with underlying disease such as certain kinds of cancer (e.g. multiple myeloma, breast cancer and lung cancer), kidney disease, parathyroid disorder or malabsorption.
Specimen types
Serum, Plasma

Summary of SAGE IVD recommendation

General In vitro diagnostics tests are the general core and routine laboratory tests for clinical chemistry, haematology, blood transfusion, microbiology (virology, bacteriology, parasitology and mycology) and histopathology. These tests were selected on the basis of the scientific validity of an analyte, i.e. the association between an analyte and a clinical condition or physiological state; and clinical utility. Many of these tests are required for effective management of patients and have already been described in WHO publications.

Details of submission from 2020

The inclusion of this entry was based on WHO guidelines and technical reports that include recommendations for the appropriate IVDs.