Muscle cramps and magnesium deficiency: case reports

Can Fam Physician. 1996 Jul:42:1348-51.


Magnesium deficiency is more common than is believed. This article discusses florid magnesium deficiency in two patients and the results of treatment. While neither case was difficult to diagnose, the severity of symptoms was unusual. Magnesium deficiency should always be included in the differential diagnosis of patients who present with persistent or severe muscle pain.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnesium Deficiency / blood
  • Magnesium Deficiency / complications*
  • Magnesium Deficiency / drug therapy
  • Magnesium Sulfate / therapeutic use
  • Male
  • Muscle Cramp / etiology*


  • Magnesium Sulfate