Also known as: Low blood phosphate and Phosphate - low
- Certain medicines, including acetazolamide, foscarnet, imatinib, pentamidine, and sorafenib
- Fanconi syndrome
- Too little vitamin D
- Overactive parathyroid gland (hyperparathyroidism)
- Bone pain
- Muscle weakness
- Kidney function tests
- Vitamin K blood test
Hypophosphatemia is a low level of phosphorus in the blood.
The following may cause hypophosphatemia:
Symptoms may include:
Exams and Tests
Your health care provider will examine you.
The following tests may be done:
Exam and testing may show:
Treatment depends on the cause. Phosphate can be given by mouth or through a vein (IV).
How well you do depends on what has caused the condition.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your health care provider if you have muscle weakness or confusion.
Yu ASL. Disorders of magnesium and phosphorous. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman's Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 121.
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- September 11, 2014
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