Intrapartum Hypomagnesemic Tetany: A Manifestation of an Ignored Element
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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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