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Primary hypomagnesaemia

A case report and literature review

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A case of primary hypomagnesaemia with secondary hypocalcaemia in an Arab girl of consanguineous parents is reported. She presented at the age of 3 weeks with generalised convulsions, was treated with magnesium supplements and followed up for 5 years during which she showed normal physical and psychomotor development. In view of the striking male preponderance among the reported cases and the presence of parental consanguinity in a few, the inheritance is discussed and genetic heterogeneity is suggested.

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Dudin, K.I., Teebi, A.S. Primary hypomagnesaemia. Eur J Pediatr 146, 303–305 (1987).

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Key words

  • Primary hypomagnesaemia
  • Selective malabsorption of magnesium
  • Autosomal recessive inheritance
  • X-linked inheritance
  • Genetic heterogeneity