Hypophosphatemia is a low level of phosphorus in the blood.
Low blood phosphate; Phosphate - low
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Many conditions may cause hypophosphatemia, including:
- Diarrhea (chronic)
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Bone pain
- Muscle weakness
Signs and tests
Treating the cause of hypophosphatemia is needed to correct the phosphorous deficiency. Phosphate can be given by mouth or through a vein.
The outlook depends on the disease causing the condition.
Calling your health care provider
Call your health care provider if you have muscle weakness or confusion.
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Reviewed 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.