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April 1981

Hypermagnesemia as a Cause of Refractory Hypotension, Respiratory Depression, and Coma

Author Affiliations

From the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Oklahoma City.

Arch Intern Med. 1981;141(5):669-670. doi:10.1001/archinte.1981.00340050115027

• Hypermagnesemia developed in a patient as a result of excess antacid ingestion, bowel obstruction, and renal failure. Before the diagnosis was considered, refractory hypotension, respiratory depression, and coma developed, all of which were eventually reversed through the lowering of the serum magnesium concentration by hemodialysis.

(Arch Intern Med 1981;141:669-670)