A 12-year-old boy developed renal wasting of magnesium, calcium, and potassium, with secondary hypomagnesaemia, hypocalcaemia, and hypokalaaemia (without hyperaldosteronism) after treatment with 14 400 mg gentamicin over 4 months. Gentamicin should not be given for prolonged courses if less toxic antibiotics are suitable. If it used, plasma magnesium, calcium, and potassium levels should be monitored during and after treatment.
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