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Lancet. 1998 Aug 1;352(9125):391-6.

Magnesium and phosphorus.

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Department of Medicine, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Hospital Universitario de Caracas. jweising@telcel.net.ve

Abstract

A summary of new findings regarding alterations of magnesium (Mg2+) and phosphorus (P) metabolism are reviewed for the clinician caring for patients in general wards. Alterations in serum concentrations of Mg2+ and P are frequently observed in acute or very ill patients in emergency rooms or intensive-care areas. A significant proportion of these alterations are iatrogenic. Most of the symptoms related are non-specific, and usually they are associated with changes in concentration of other ions. The need to measure Mg2+ and P routinely and to define better the real abnormal values is stressed. Correction of the abnormalities must be early in the course of the alterations.

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9717944
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10.1016/S0140-6736(97)10535-9
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