You have a patient who is an alcoholic. Being a nurse, you know that this means they are likely to have hypomagnesemia. Using your assessment skills, which of the following signs/symptoms could you potentially find? Select all that apply.

 

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- Tetany

- Hyperactive deep tendon reflexes

- Confusion

- Vomitting

- Nausea

Rationale

Signs and symptoms of hypomagnesemia include hyperactive deep tendon reflexes, numbness, tingling, painful muscle contractions, muscle weakness, tetany, seizures, depression, psychosis, confusion, decreased motility, abdominal distension, paralytic ileus, and anorexia. Causes of hypomagnesemia include alcoholism, diabetic acidosis, renal failure, hypocalcemia, malabsorption, hypoparathyroidism, and diarrhea.

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