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Electrolyte disturbances and cardiac failure with hypomagnesaemia in anorexia nervosa.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3935239     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A 32 year old woman with anorexia nervosa was admitted to hospital with severe hypocalcaemia and hypokalaemia that was refractory to replacement treatment but that responded immediately to an infusion of magnesium. She also had congestive cardiac failure that responded to magnesium replacement. The mild hypomagnesaemia found in this patient was responsible for the refractory hypocalcaemia. Minor deficiencies of magnesium may cause severe hypocalcaemia and hypokalaemia that are refractory to replacement treatment. Prompt replacement of magnesium may prevent prolonged tetany, cardiac arrhythmias, and heart failure.
V Fonseca; C W Havard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British medical journal (Clinical research ed.)     Volume:  291     ISSN:  0267-0623     ISO Abbreviation:  Br Med J (Clin Res Ed)     Publication Date:  1985 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1986-02-13     Completed Date:  1986-02-13     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8302911     Medline TA:  Br Med J (Clin Res Ed)     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1680-2     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anorexia Nervosa / complications*
Heart Failure / etiology*
Hypocalcemia / etiology
Hypokalemia / etiology
Magnesium Deficiency / complications*,  etiology
Water-Electrolyte Imbalance / etiology*

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