Magnesium and phosphorus normally are present in very low scrum concentrations and usually are not included in common serum electrolyte laboratory studies. Though their normal serum concentrations are relatively low, both of these ionized minerals are necessary for many critical physiologic functions, and decreases in normal scrum levels can have serious deleterious effects. Some of these effects, especially in myocardial tissues, may lead to permanent tissue damage. Hospitalized patients at greatest risk for developing hypomagnesemia or hypophosphatemia are trauma victims; individuals with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus, renal impairment, parathyroid dysfunction, or chronic alcoholism; and individuals who have been treated with antineoplastic agents
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Fluid and Electrolytes| August 01 1992
Magnesium and Phosphorus: The Neglected Electrolytes
M. Linda Workman, PhD, RN, OCN
From the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1992) 3 (3): 655–663.
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M. Linda Workman; Magnesium and Phosphorus: The Neglected Electrolytes. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 August 1992; 3 (3): 655–663. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/15597768-1992-3012
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