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Magnesium

Lab Name:

Magnesium

What is the Labs Abbreviation for Magnesium?

Mg

What is Magnesium (Mg) in terms of Nursing Labs?

Magnesium (Mg) is a cation necessary for protein synthesis, nucleic acid synthesis, muscle contraction, ATP (adenosine triphosphate) use, nerve impulse conduction, and blood clotting.  Magnesium affects the absorption of sodium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium.

What is the Normal Range for Magnesium?

1.6 – 2.6 mg/dL

What are the Indications for Magnesium?

  • Monitor:
    • Renal failure
    • Chronic alcoholism
    • Cardiac arrhythmias

What would cause increased levels of Magnesium?

  • Renal insufficiency
  • Uncontrolled Diabetes Mellitus (DM)
  • Addison Disease
  • Dehydration
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Over use of antacids
  • Tissue trauma

What would cause decreased levels of Magnesium?

  • Alcoholism
  • Diabetic acidosis
  • Renal failure:
    • Glomerulonephritis
  • Hyercalcemia
  • Malnutrition
  • Malabsorption
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Diarrhea

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Date Published - Jul 7, 2016
Date Modified - Sep 7, 2016