MARK L. GRABER, M.D.; GERALD SCHULMAN, M.D.
Hypocalcemia, common in patients with magnesium depletion, has been attributed to either defective release of parathyroid hormone, resistance to the hormone's peripheral effects, or a combination of the two (1). We report a case that suggests that this hypocalcemia may simply represent a direct effect of magnesium depletion on bone independent of the effects of parathyroid hormone. A 68-year-old man presented with a thyroid mass. A biopsy specimen showed recurrence of a squamous cell carcinoma of a vocal cord that had been removed 4 years previously. His nutritional status was normal, as were all electrolyte determinations, including plasma concentrations of
MARK L. GRABER, GERALD SCHULMAN. Hypomagnesemic Hypocalcemia Independent of Parathyroid Hormone. Ann Intern Med. 1986;104:804–805. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-6-804
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(6):804-805.
Endocrine and Metabolism, Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders, Nephrology.
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