Proton pump inhibitors and symptomatic hypomagnesemic hypoparathyroidism.
J Nephrol. 2016 May 20. Epub 2016 May 20. PMID: 27206762
Hypomagnesemia is a common but often overlooked problem in hospitalized patients. Unrecognized hypomagnesemia can cause serious complications. The association of hypokalemia and hypocalcemia is strongly evocative of a magnesium deficiency. Research into the causes of hypomagnesemia is imperative, as it will definitely change the approach, treatment and prognosis. We report the case of a 65-year-old man with chronic hypocalcemia and hypokalemia associated with cerebellar syndrome, a solitary seizure and cerebellar hyperintensities on magnetic resonance imaging. After the detection and treatment of hypomagnesemia with oral supplements of magnesium and the replacement of pantoprazole with ranitidine, we observed immediate relief of the symptoms. In conclusion, in clinical practice, magnesium depletion should be investigated in elderly patients with hypocalcemia treated with proton pump inhibitors for many years, in particular in the presence of neurological disorders.