Serum magnesium level in patients with liver cirrhosis

Authors:Biswajit Das , Prasanna Chandra , K.V. Thimmaraju
Int J Biol Med Res. 2011; 2(3): 709-711  |  PDF File

Abstract

Aim: The purpose of this study was to detect magnesium levels in serum in liver disorder like cirrhosis of liver and to compare them with the serum magnesium levels of controls. Methods: The present study was undertaken in 100 subjects, 50 diagnostic cases of alcohol induced liver cirrhosis (group I) and 50 normal control group (group II). Serum magnesium levels were measured spectrophotometrically at 530 nm. (Wavelength range: 500-550 nm) in both the selected groups. Results: The study showed that serum magnesium levels were decreased in all cases of liver cirrhosis. The results were correlated with degree of normal control group from the levels of serum magnesium. Serum magnesium levels in groups I were found to be significantly lowered (p < .0001) than in group II. Conclusions: These results showed that serum magnesium could be used as a sensitive indicator of liver cirrhosis.