Journal of Neurology

, Volume 238, Issue 5, pp 262–264 | Cite as

Magnesium deficiency as a cause of acute intractable seizures

  • D. Nuytten
  • J. Van Hees
  • A. Meulemans
  • H. Carton
Original Communications


Clinical and experimental investigations have shown that magnesium depletion causes a marked irritability of the nervous system, eventually resulting in epileptic seizures. Although magnesium deficiency as a cause of epilepsy is uncommon, its recognition and correction may prove life-saving. Two case reports are presented which emphasize the importance of recognizing hypomagnesaemia in patients with acute intractable seizures.

Key words

Epilepsy Hypomagnesaemia Somatostatin 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Nuytten
    • 1
  • J. Van Hees
    • 1
  • A. Meulemans
    • 2
  • H. Carton
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversity Hospital GasthuisbergLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Emergency MedicineUniversity Hospital GasthuisbergLeuvenBelgium

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