April 2004
Gut;Apr2004 Supplement 3, Vol. 53, pA89
Academic Journal
The article presents a prospective study to assess the magnesium status in patients presenting with alcohol withdrawal seizures. Chronic alcohol abuse is a well recognised cause of magnesium deficiency. Hypomagnesaemia is a known metabolic cause of seizures, which are also a feature of the alcohol withdrawal syndrome. The significance and possible role of magnesium depletion in patients with alcohol related fits is not yet clear. There are features that are similar to the refeeding syndrome. Low serum magnesium may have a causal effect alcohol related seizures.


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