Which methods of magnesium assessment are used in research studies?

Updated: Oct 30, 2020
  • Author: Tibor Fulop, MD, PhD, FACP, FASN; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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The majority of patients with clinical manifestations of magnesium deficiency have hypomagnesemia. Magnesium assessment can also be made via the following, which are mostly limited to research purposes.

  • Red cell content
  • Mononuclear cell content
  • Skeletal muscle intracellular content
  • 24-hour urinary excretion
  • Fractional excretion (FE) of magnesium
  • Intracellular free magnesium ion concentration with fluorescent dye or nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

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