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Phosphate in Blood

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High values

High phosphate levels may be caused by:

Low values

Low phosphate levels may be caused by:

  • Hyperparathyroidism, certain bone diseases (such as osteomalacia), lack of vitamin D, or some kidney or liver diseases.
  • Severe malnutrition or starvation.
  • A condition such as sprue that prevents the intestines from absorbing nutrients properly.
  • Alcohol dependence.
  • High calcium levels.
  • Some types of tumors.

What Affects the Test

Results from a blood phosphate test may be affected by:

  • Using some medicines that can decrease phosphate levels, such as acetazolamide and epinephrine. A large infusion of sugar (glucose) that causes insulin levels to increase can also decrease phosphate levels.

What To Think About

Related Information

Citations

  1. Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009). Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Other Works Consulted

  • Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis: Saunders.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerAlan C. Dalkin, MD - Endocrinology

Current as ofNovember 14, 2014

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Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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