TITLE

Severe hypermagnesemia after enteral administration of Epsom salts

AUTHOR(S)
Nordt, Sean Patrick; Chen, Jenny; Clark, Richard F.
PUB. DATE
August 2011
SOURCE
American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy;8/1/2011, Vol. 68 Issue 15, p1384
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses a case of severe hypermagnesemia after enteral Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) administration in a patient with normal renal function. It states that Epsom salts have been used relevantly for sprains and hemorrhoids or orally as a cathartic but hypermagnesemia is a rare but potentially fatal complication of Epsom salt use and most commonly seen with renal insufficiency, as magnesium is predominantly renally excreted.
ACCESSION #
63621481

 

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