Fatal hypermagnesemia caused by an Epsom salt enema: A case illustration

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Abstract

  • The authors describe a case of fatal hypermagnesemia caused by an Epsom salt enema. A 7-year-old male presented with cardiac arrest and was found to have a serum magnesium level of 41.2 mg/dL (33.9 mEq/L) after having received an Epsom salt enema earlier that day. The medical history of Epsom salt, the common causes and symptoms of hypermagnesemia. and the treatment of hypermagnesemia are reviewed. The easy availability of magnesium, the subtle initial symptoms of hypermagnesemia, and the need for education about the toxicity of magnesium should be of interest to physicians.
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    Author List

  • Tofil NM; Benner KW; Winkler MK
  • Start Page

  • 253
  • End Page

  • 256
  • Volume

  • 98
  • Issue

  • 2