Volume 23, Issue 2 (April 1978)
The Postmortem Diagnosis of Magnesium Deficiency: Studies in an Animal Model for the Human Infant
Magnesium deficiency is a cause of sudden death in animals [1–5]. Normal-appearing mice experience violent death , while cows may die quickly and quietly . The lower the age and weight of the animal when placed on the magnesium-deficient diet, the earlier and more violent the death . Early death may follow a period of rapid growth, particularly if the diet supplies large amounts of protein, calcium, and phosphorus .