TABLE 3

Common Pediatric Diagnoses and Clinically Meaningful Serum Mg Levels

DiagnosisNo. of Patients With Abnormal Mg LevelsNo. of Patients With Mg Supplement ChargesNo. of Patients With Clinically Meaningful Serum Mg Levels
Bronchiolitis (n = 159)3 (2%)4 (3%)1 (1%)
Asthma (n = 153)23 (15%)68a (4%)1 (1%)
Community-acquired pneumoniab (n = 124)8 (6%)4 (3%)2 (2%)
Cellulitis (n = 54)2 (4%)1 (2%)0
  • a Includes children given Mg sulfate in the context of status asthmaticus.

  • b Excludes children with cystic fibrosis–related and aspiration pneumonias as well children with codiagnoses from Table 2.