Serum Magnesium: A Forgotten Electrolyte after Total Thyroidectomy

Authors

  • Adi Syazni Muhammed Department of Surgery, UKM Medical Centre, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, Malaysia
  • Shahrun Niza Abdullah Suhaimi Department of Surgery, UKM Medical Centre, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, Malaysia
  • Qi Zheng Lee Department of Surgery, UKM Medical Centre, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.31436/imjm.v20i3.1700

Keywords:

hypomagnesaemia, hypoparathyroidism, hypocalcaemia, thyroidectomy

Abstract

Hypocalcemia is a common complication after total thyroidectomy; however, hypomagnesemia is also frequently detected, and its role is often disregarded. We report a 72-year-old woman who underwent total thyroidectomy with neck dissection and subsequently developed atrial fibrillation due to hypocalcemia and hypomagnesemia. The pathophysiology of hypomagnesemia after total thyroidectomy and its significance in calcium homeostasis is described.

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Published

2021-07-01

How to Cite

Muhammed, A. S., Abdullah Suhaimi, S. N., & Lee, Q. Z. (2021). Serum Magnesium: A Forgotten Electrolyte after Total Thyroidectomy. IIUM Medical Journal Malaysia, 20(3). https://doi.org/10.31436/imjm.v20i3.1700