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Does magnesium matter in patients of Medical Intensive Care Unit: A study in rural Central India

Akshay Honmode, Shraddha Jain, Vijay Bhagat

Keywords : Hypomagnesemia, Intensive Care Unit, outcome

Citation Information : Honmode A, Jain S, Bhagat V. Does magnesium matter in patients of Medical Intensive Care Unit: A study in rural Central India. Indian J Crit Care Med 2015; 19 (7):379-383.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.160272

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-06-2016

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; The Author(s).


Introduction: Hypomagnesemia has been common, but mostly underdiagnosed electrolyte abnormality. Studies regarding this is lacking in India especially in rural setting. Here, we have correlated serum magnesium (Mg) level with outcome in patients of medicine Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with respect to length of ICU stay, need for mechanical ventilatory support and its duration and ultimate outcome (discharge/death). Materials and Methods: This is a prospective observational study carried out over a period of 1-year enrolling 601 patients of Medical ICU (MICU). The Chi-square test is applied to correlate hypomagnesemia with the outcome. Result and Observation: About 25% patients had admission hypomagnesemia. When compared with the normal Mg group, there was significant association of hypomagnesemia with outcome in terms of duration of MICU stay 5.46 (5.75) versus 3.93 (3.88), need for mechanical ventilation (56.86% vs. 24.33%), discharge/cured from ICU (61.43% vs. 85.26%), and death (38.56% vs. 14.73%). However, no significant difference was found in the duration of ventilation between the two groups. Conclusion: Hypomagnesemia is associated with a higher mortality rate in critically ill patients. The need for ventilatory support, but not its duration is significantly higher in hypomagnesemic patients. Hypomagnesemia is commonly associated with sepsis and diabetes mellitus. The duration of MICU stay is significantly higher in patients with low serum Mg.

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