Articles

Magnesium deficiency as a cause of acute intractable seizures.

Author

Nuytten D, Van Hees J, Meulemans A, Carton H.

Date

8/1991

Journal

J Neurol

Abstract

Clinical and experimental investigations have shown that magnesium depletion causes a marked irritability of the nervous system, eventually resulting in epileptic seizures. Although magnesium deficiency as a cause of epilepsy is uncommon, its recognition and correction may prove life-saving. Two case reports are presented which emphasize the importance of recognizing hypomagnesaemia in patients with acute intractable seizures.