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Hypomagnesaemic hypocalcaemia with hypokalaemia caused by treatment with high dose gentamicin.
  1. C J Kelnar,
  2. W S Taor,
  3. D J Reynolds,
  4. D R Smith,
  5. B M Slavin,
  6. C G Brook


    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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