Phosphate in Blood
What To Think About
- Results of a test to measure phosphate in blood
are not useful on their own. Other
electrolytes (such as calcium, chloride, magnesium,
potassium, and sodium) may also be measured. For more information, see the
Calcium in Blood,
Calcium in Urine,
- Other blood tests, such as a blood
urea nitrogen (BUN) test or a creatinine test, can also be used to check kidney
function. For more information, see the topics
Blood Urea Nitrogen and
Creatinine and Creatinine Clearance.
- Children with low phosphate levels may grow more
slowly than other children.
- Low phosphate levels may occur in
people who have
type 2 diabetes or when a person who has diabetic
ketoacidosis is being treated with
Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009). Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Other Works Consulted
|Primary Medical Reviewer||E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Alan C. Dalkin, MD - Endocrinology|
|Last Revised||March 18, 2013|
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March 18, 2013
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