Low serum magnesium and 1-year mortality in alcohol withdrawal syndrome

Maguire, D. et al. (2019) Low serum magnesium and 1-year mortality in alcohol withdrawal syndrome. European Journal of Clinical Investigation, 49(9), e13152. (doi: 10.1111/eci.13152) (PMID:31216056)

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Background: In 2014, the WHO reported that 6% of all deaths were attributable to excess alcohol consumption. The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between serum magnesium concentrations and mortality in patients with alcohol withdrawal syndrome (AWS). Materials and methods: A retrospective review of 700 patients with documented evidence of previous AWS indicating a requirement for benzodiazepine prophylaxis or evidence of alcohol withdrawal syndrome between November 2014 and March 2015. Results: Of 380 patients included in the sample analysis, 64 (17%) were dead at 1 year following the time of treatment for AWS. The majority of patients had been prescribed thiamine (77%) and a proton pump inhibitor (66%). In contrast, the majority of patients had low circulating magnesium concentrations (<0.75 mmol/L) (64%) and had not been prescribed magnesium (90%). The median age of death at one year was 55 years (P = 0.002). On univariate analysis, age (P < 0.05), GMAWS (P < 0.05), BDZ (P < 0.05), bilirubin (P < 0.001), alkaline phosphatase (P < 0.001), albumin (P < 0.001), CRP (P < 0.05), AST:ALT ratio >2 (P < 0.001), sodium (P < 0.05), magnesium (P < 0.001), platelets (P < 0.05) and the use of proton pump inhibitor medication (P < 0.001) were associated with death at 1 year. On multivariate binary logistic regression analysis, age > 50 years (OR 3.37, 95% CI 1.52‐7.48, P < 0.01), AST:ALT ratio >2 (OR 3.10, 95% CI 1.38‐6.94, P < 0.01) and magnesium < 0.75 mmol/L (OR 4.11, 95% CI 1.3‐12.8, P < 0.05) remained independently associated with death at 1 year. Conclusion: Overall, 1‐year mortality was significantly higher among those patients who were magnesium deficient (<0.75 mmol/L) when compared to those who were replete (≥0.75 mmol/L; P < 0.001).

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Forrest, Dr Ewan and Maguire, Donogh and Leach, Dr John Paul and McMillan, Professor Donald and Ross, Dr David
Authors: Maguire, D., Ross, D. P., Talwar, D., Forrest, E., Naz Abbasi, H., Leach, J.-P., Woods, M., Zhu, L. Y., Dickson, S., Kwok, T., Waterson, I., Benson, G., Scally, B., Young, D., and McMillan, D. C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:European Journal of Clinical Investigation
ISSN (Online):1365-2362
Published Online:19 June 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 Stichting European Society for Clinical Investigation Journal Foundation
First Published:First published in European Journal of Clinical Investigation 49(9):e13152
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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