Hypomagnesemia in patients entering the ICU

Crit Care Med. 1985 Jun;13(6):506-7. doi: 10.1097/00003246-198506000-00015.


Serum magnesium was measured in 102 consecutive patients admitted to a medical ICU. Twenty percent of these patients had hypomagnesemia and 9% had hypermagnesemia. There were no other laboratory tests or clinical features suggesting hypomagnesemia. Of all ion levels measured routinely in these patients, serum magnesium had the highest prevalence of abnormal values.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Magnesium / blood*
  • Magnesium Deficiency / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Medical Records
  • Middle Aged
  • Spectrophotometry, Atomic
  • Wisconsin


  • Magnesium