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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 178-180

Role of magnesium in preeclampsia

1 Department of Biochemistry, Pt. B.D. Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India
2 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pt. B.D. Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Simmi Kharb
Department of Biochemistry, Pt. B.D. Sharma PGIMS, #1396, Sector-1, Rohtak
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/bbrj.bbrj_70_18

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Background: The present study was planned to study the role of Mg in preeclampsia and its correlation with dietary intake of proteins and calories by analyzing serum Mg at 20 weeks, delivery, and cord blood Mg levels. Methods: The study was conducted in 102 pregnant women aged 17–36 years attending the outpatient department (OPD) before 20 weeks of gestation. The study samples were drawn twice: once before 20 weeks during visit in the OPD and second within 1 h of childbirth. Serum was analyzed for Mg levels using spectrophotometric method. Furthermore, thyroid-stimulating hormone and glucose challenge test were done as per the standard methods. Results: In normal pregnant women, the mean serum Mg level at <20 weeks of gestation was 2.03 ± 0.34 mg/dl, at term was 1.93 ± 0.41 mg/dl, and in cord blood was 1.84 ± 0.35 mg/dl. Conclusion: The study data support the hypothesis that Mg deficiency might be the causative factor in the development of preeclampsia.

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