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Intrapartum Hypomagnesemic Tetany: A Manifestation of an Ignored Element

  • Jainesh Doctor
  • Kunjal Bathija
  • Vibhor Pardasani
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Respected Editor,

We came across a very interesting case of intrapartum hypomagnesemic tetany, which encouraged us to go into the biochemistry of this usually forgotten mineral and understand the essential role it plays in the normal physiology of pregnancy. I would hence like to share this acquired information and highlight the need to monitor and supplement magnesium during routine antenatal period.

A 30-year-old fullterm primigravida was admitted for pain in abdomen. She was a registered patient with no comorbidities and was regular in taking her routine antenatal supplements [including calcium carbonate (1000 mg) daily]. After 4 h of active labor, she suddenly started feeling tingling sensation in the oro-facial region along with bilateral carpopedal spasm. She did not have history of any similar episode in the past. The attending neurologist gave empirical calcium gluconate therapy (loading and maintenance) after ordering the routine blood investigations i.e. serum calcium and...

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There was no research done involving human participants and/or animals.

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Informed consent of the patient was taken before each and every step of evaluation and management.

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© Federation of Obstetric & Gynecological Societies of India 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bombay Hospital and Medical Research CenterMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Center12, New Marine LinesIndia
  3. 3.Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Center12, New Marine LinesIndia

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