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Hypomagnesemia and ventricular tachycardia: a complication of ulcerative colitis and parenteral hyperalimentation in a nondigitalized noncardiac patient.
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PMID:  6799255     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A nondigitalized patient without heart disease, but with ulcerative colitis on parenteral hyperalimentation, developed ventricular tachycardia in association with hypomagnesemia. Magnesium infusions were successful in suppressing the arrhythmia, but because of ongoing fecal losses, hypomagnesemia and ventricular tachycardia recurred each time the infusion was stopped. After total colectomy, the patient remained normomagnesemic and free of arrhythmias. The few previous descriptions of arrhythmias attributed to hypomagnesemia in nondigitalized patients are reviewed. The importance of recognizing hypomagnesemia as an easily reversible cause of arrhythmias is stressed.
S R Levine; T J Crowley; H A Hai
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Chest     Volume:  81     ISSN:  0012-3692     ISO Abbreviation:  Chest     Publication Date:  1982 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-04-22     Completed Date:  1982-04-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0231335     Medline TA:  Chest     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  244-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Colitis, Ulcerative / complications*,  therapy
Magnesium Deficiency / blood,  etiology*
Parenteral Nutrition, Total
Tachycardia / etiology*

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