Lower than normal levels of phosphates in the circulating blood.

Symptoms of Hypophosphataemia

The following features are indicative of Hypophosphataemia:
  • bone pain
  • confusion
  • muscle weakness
  • mental status changes
  • white blood cell dysfunction
It is possible that Hypophosphataemia shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Hypophosphataemia

The following are the most common causes of Hypophosphataemia:
  • alcohol abuse
  • antacids
  • certain medicines, including insulin, acetazolamide
  • fanconi syndrome
  • hyperparathyroidism
  • burns
  • liver failure

Risk Factors for Hypophosphataemia

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Hypophosphataemia:
  • mutations in the PHEX gene on the X chromosome
  • blood infection
  • alcohol abuse
  • antacids
  • certain medicines, including insulin, acetazolamide
  • hyperparathyroidism

Prevention of Hypophosphataemia

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Hypophosphataemia. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • taking vitamin D supplements
  • exposure to sunlight

Occurrence of Hypophosphataemia

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Hypophosphataemia cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Extremely rare less than 1000 cases

Common Age Group

Hypophosphataemia can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Hypophosphataemia can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Hypophosphataemia

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Hypophosphataemia:
  • Blood test: To measure the concentration of phosphate in the blood

Doctor for Diagnosis of Hypophosphataemia

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Hypophosphataemia:
  • Endocrinologist

Complications of Hypophosphataemia if untreated

Yes, Hypophosphataemia causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Hypophosphataemia is left untreated:
  • rhabdomyolysis
  • respiratory failure
  • acute hemolytic anaemia
  • fatal arrhythmias
  • osteomalacia
  • bone fractures
  • impaired renal function

Procedures for Treatment of Hypophosphataemia

The following procedures are used to treat Hypophosphataemia:
  • Surgery: To fix bowed or bent legs in children

Self-care for Hypophosphataemia

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Hypophosphataemia:
  • Intake high phosphate diet: Milk, yoghurt, fish, and cheese reduce symptoms of hypophosphatemia
  • Avoid alcohol: To reduce symptoms of hypophosphatemia

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Hypophosphataemia.

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