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Incidence of hypomagnesemia in the emergency room
© BioMed Central Ltd 2003
- Published: 25 June 2003
- Public Health
- Linear Regression
- Emergency Department
- Emergency Medicine
The importance of magnesium as an essential nutrient in health and disease has been recognized for many years . Our previous studies showed the presence of a high incidence of hypomagnesemia in critically ill patients . The aim of the present study is to assess the incidence of hypomagnesemia in the patients admitted to the Emergency Department.
One hundred patients admitted to the Emergency Department of Clinica São Vicente were studied. All patients had serum electrolyte concentrations measured at admission. Correlation between electrolyte levels was obtained by linear regression.
The finding of hypomagnesemia was found to correlate significantly with hypocalcemia (r = 0.2098, P = 0.038), with hypophosphatemia (r = 0.3244, P = 0.001), and with hypokalemia (r = 0.253, P = 0.012)
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