How does acute pancreatitis cause magnesium levels?

Updated: Oct 30, 2020
  • Author: Tibor Fulop, MD, PhD, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Acute pancreatitis can also cause hypomagnesemia. The mechanism may represent saponification of magnesium in necrotic fat, similar to that of hypocalcemia. However, postoperative states [89] or critical illnesses in general are associated with low magnesium levels, [90] without pancreatitis necessarily being present.


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