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Clinical Laboratory Test:
serum — magnesium

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Description

Magnesium is an essential mineral that is found in the body and is important for many bodily functions. It can be acquired from a patient's serum by a clinical test. The most common method for obtaining serum magnesium is to draw a blood sample from the patient and send it to a laboratory for analysis. The laboratory will then measure the amount of magnesium in the sample using a spectrophotometer. This test is usually done in conjunction with other tests such as calcium, potassium, and sodium. The results of the test will provide information about the patient's magnesium levels and can be used to diagnose and treat any magnesium deficiencies.

Synonyms
  • Mg
Other Sample Sources for This Test
Some Diseases Associated with an Abnormal Magnesium
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