Clinical Rheumatology

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 193–196

Hypocalcaemia and chronic alcohol intoxication: Transient hypoparathyroidism secondary to magnesium deficiency

  • C. Hermans
  • Ch. Lefebvre
  • J-P Devogelaer
  • M. Lambert
Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/BF02230340

Cite this article as:
Hermans, C., Lefebvre, C., Devogelaer, JP. et al. Clin Rheumatol (1996) 15: 193. doi:10.1007/BF02230340

Summary

The authors report the observation of an alcoholic patient admitted for tetanic manifestations, in whom severe hypocalcaemia associated with hyperphosphatemia were suggestive of hypoparathyroidism. Administration of magnesium supplementation alone improved the clinical features and led to the correction of the calcium abnormalities. The mechanisms of hypomagnesemia in alcohol intoxication are reviewed as well as the links with hypocalcaemia.

Key words

Hypoparathyroidism Hypomagnesemia Alcohol Intoxication 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Hermans
    • 2
  • Ch. Lefebvre
    • 2
  • J-P Devogelaer
    • 1
  • M. Lambert
    • 2
  1. 1.Divisions of General Internal Medicine and RheumatologyUniversity of Louvain Medical SchoolBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Cliniques Universitaires St. LucUniversity of Louvain Medical SchoolBrusselsBelgium
  3. 3.Division of General Internal MedicineCliniques Universitaires Saint-LucBruxellesBELGIUM