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Plasma magnesium levels in a population of psychiatric patients: correlations with symptoms

Kirov, George, Birch, John, Steadman, Philip and Ramsey, Greig 1994. Plasma magnesium levels in a population of psychiatric patients: correlations with symptoms. Neuropsychobiology 30 (2-3) , pp. 73-78. 10.1159/000119139

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Abstract

Plasma magnesium levels were tested in a group of 155 psychiatric in-patients with a variety of diagnoses and were correlated with the severity of their symptoms. We hypothesized that lower Mg levels would correlate with a higher degree of anxiety, tiredness and other symptoms characteristic of Mg deficiency. No such correlations were observed. However, Mg levels varied widely, with 22.4% below, and 10.4% above the normal range. There was a strong association for more disturbed and excitable patients to have abnormal (either high or low) levels. We speculate that more disturbed patients might have some abnormality of Mg metabolism with possible therapeutic implications.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Karger
ISSN: 1423-0224
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:35
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/80723

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