Magnesium deficiency as a cause of acute intractable seizures

J Neurol. 1991 Aug;238(5):262-4. doi: 10.1007/BF00319737.


Clinical and experimental investigations have shown that magnesium depletion causes a marked irritability of the nervous system, eventually resulting in epileptic seizures. Although magnesium deficiency as a cause of epilepsy is uncommon, its recognition and correction may prove life-saving. Two case reports are presented which emphasize the importance of recognizing hypomagnesaemia in patients with acute intractable seizures.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Epilepsy / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Magnesium Deficiency / complications*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged