Hypophosphatemia is a low level of phosphorus in the blood.
Causes of Hypophosphatemia
The following may cause hypophosphatemia, including:
- Certain medicines including acetazolamide, foscarnet, imatinib, pentamidine, and sorafenib
- Fanconi syndrome
- Too little vitamin D
- Overactive parathyroid gland (hyperparathyroidism)
- Bone pain
- Muscle weakness
Tests and Exams
The doctor or nurse will examine you.
The following tests may be done:
- Kidney function tests
- Vitamin K blood test
Exam and testing may show:
- Anemia due to too many red blood cells being destroyed (hemolytic anemia)
- Heart muscle damage (cardiomyopathy)
Treatment of Hypophosphatemia
Treatment depends on the cause. Phosphate can be given by mouth or through a vein (IV).
How well you do depends on what is causing the condition.
When to Contact a Health Professional
Call your health care provider if you have muscle weakness or confusion.
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|Review Date: 11/6/2012
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