Hypomagnesaemia associated with diabetes mellitus may cause laryngospasm

Acta Anaesthesiol Scand. 2006 Apr;50(4):512-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1399-6576.2006.00985.x.


This report describes the case of a female diabetic patient who experienced two episodes of severe laryngospasm during maintenance of anaesthesia and also 1 h post-operatively. The most probable diagnosis considered was severe hypomagnesaemia with concomitant hypocalcaemia confirmed by electrolyte measurements. The association between hypomagnesaemia and laryngospasm is discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 / blood*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypocalcemia / complications
  • Intraoperative Complications*
  • Laryngismus / blood
  • Laryngismus / etiology*
  • Magnesium / blood*
  • Postoperative Complications*


  • Magnesium