The Perilous PPI: Proton Pump Inhibitor as a Cause of Clinically Significant Hypomagnesaemia




Proton pump inhibitors, hypomagnesaemia, hypocalcaemia, hypokalemia


Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are the mainstay of therapy for all gastric acid related diseases and are commonly used in current clinical practice. Although widely regarded as safe, PPIs have been associated with a variety of adverse effects, including hypomagnesaemia. The postulated mechanism of PPI-related hypomagnesaemia involves inhibition of intestinal magnesium absorption via transient receptor potential melastin (TRPM) 6 and 7 cation channels. PPI-induced hypomagnesaemia (PPIH) has become a well recognized phenomenon since it was first reported in 2006. Clinical concerns arise from growing number of case reports presenting PPIH as a consequence of long-term PPI use, with more than 30 cases published to date.

In this article, we report 2 cases of PPIH associated with the use of pantoprazole. Both patients presented with severe hypomagnesaemia and hypocalcaemia. One of them had associated hypokalemia and cardiac arrhythmia. A casual relation with PPIs postulated and supported by resolution of electrolyte abnormalities after discontinuation of PPIs.


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Author Biographies

Yong Ting Tai, Hospital Melaka

Department of Medicine

Chin Voon Tong, Hospital Melaka

Department of Medicine


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How to Cite

Tai, Y. T., & Tong, C. V. (2020). The Perilous PPI: Proton Pump Inhibitor as a Cause of Clinically Significant Hypomagnesaemia. Journal of the ASEAN Federation of Endocrine Societies, 35(1), 109–113.



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