Primary hypomagnesaemia. A case report and literature review

Eur J Pediatr. 1987 May;146(3):303-5. doi: 10.1007/BF00716481.


A case of primary hypomagnesaemia with secondary hypocalcaemia in an Arab girl of consanguineous parents is reported. She presented at the age of 3 weeks with generalised convulsions, was treated with magnesium supplements and followed up for 5 years during which she showed normal physical and psychomotor development. In view of the striking male preponderance among the reported cases and the presence of parental consanguinity in a few, the inheritance is discussed and genetic heterogeneity is suggested.

MeSH terms

  • Consanguinity*
  • Female
  • Genes, Recessive
  • Humans
  • Hypocalcemia / etiology
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Magnesium Deficiency / genetics*
  • Seizures / etiology