Hypermagnesemia following an acute ingestion of Epsom salt in a patient with normal renal function.

San Diego Regional Poison Center, University of California, San Diego Medical Center 92103-8925, USA.
Journal of toxicology. Clinical toxicology 02/1996; 34(6):735-9. DOI: 10.3109/15563659609013838
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ABSTRACT CASE REPORT: Hypermagnesemia is a rare condition that commonly follows excessive therapeutic administration of magnesium sulfate to treat eclampsia of pregnancy. Signs and symptoms of this condition include extreme muscle weakness, loss of deep tendon reflexes, mental status depression, and cardiac dysrhythmias. Clinically significant hypermagnesemia following oral or rectal administration of magnesium containing products in patients with normal renal function is rare. We report a case of hypermagnesemia following massive Epsom salt ingestion that resulted in extreme musculoskeletal weakness and altered mentation.

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