A patient presenting with symptomatic hypomagnesemia caused by metformin-induced diarrhoea: a case report
Case presentation: The patient was a 57-year old Caucasian male with diabetes mellitus type 2. He had been on metformin for nine years and presented with chronic diarrhoea, spasms, paresthesias, pain, and malaise. Blood tests revealed hypomagnesemia, hypocalcemia, and hypokalemia.
Conclusion: Drugs associated with diarrhoea may induce malabsorption. If malabsorption is substantial it may result in further symptoms of clinical importance. In some cases potentially life-threatening conditions may occur.
Cases J . 2009 Oct 16;2:156. doi: 10.1186/1757-1626-2-156.