Plasma magnesium levels during alcohol withdrawal treatment
Supervisor: Bengt Sternebring, Malmö University Hospital
Objective: To review the literature and to ascertain hypomagnesemia (HM) rate in
patients with chronic alcoholism (CA) with alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS).
Methods: Mg in plasma was measured in a group of patients admitted to a
detoxification hospital in the south of Sweden. Lab samples were collected and
analyzed from 50 patients before they got admitted for alcohol detoxification.
Results: Plasma Mg in CA patients with AWS was reduced (< 0.70 mmol/l), normal
(0.70-0,95 mmol/l) or high (> 0,95 mmol/l) in 42, 56 and 2% patients, respectively.
Conclusion: HM in serum is a common among this patient population. This group of
patients should be treated with Mg during alcohol withdrawal in order to restore the
Mg levels in plasma and intracellular.