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Alternative NamesLow blood phosphate; Phosphate - low
Definition Return to top
Hypophosphatemia is a low level of phosphorus in the blood.
Causes Return to top
Various conditions may cause hypophosphatemia, including:
Symptoms Return to top
Treatment Return to top
Treating the cause of hypophosphatemia is needed to correct the phosphorous deficiency. Phosphate can be given by mouth or through a vein.
Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top
The outlook depends on the disease causing the condition.
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Call your health care provider if you have muscle weakness or confusion.
References Return to top
Yu ASL. Disorders of magnesium and phosphorous. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007: chap 120.Update Date: 10/10/2008 Updated by: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.