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J Am Soc Nephrol. 2009 Nov;20(11):2291-5. doi: 10.1681/ASN.2007111194. Epub 2008 Jan 30.

Clinical consequences and management of hypomagnesemia.

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  • 1Division of Nephrology, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.


Magnesium deficiency and hypomagnesemia remain quite prevalent, particularly in patients in intensive care units, and may have important clinical consequences. Magnesium should be measured directly in clinical circumstances in which a risk for magnesium deficiency exists and appropriately corrected when found. This commentary reviews the current knowledge of magnesium homeostasis and the risk factors and clinical consequences of magnesium deficiency and outlines approaches to therapy.

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