Managing hypophosphatemia in critically ill patients: a report on an under-diagnosed electrolyte anomaly.
J Clin Pharm Ther. 2015 Jun;40(3):353-4
Authors: Shajahan A, Ajith Kumar J, Gireesh Kumar KP, Sreekrishnan TP, Jismy K
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Correction of acute hypophosphatemia leaves no long-term complications, but failure to recognize and treat an acute situation can be fatal.
CASE SUMMARY: A 65-year-old female presented to the Emergency department with complaints of abdominal pain, multiple episodes of watery stools and vomiting for 3 days. On the 3rd day, she developed abdominal distension and breathlessness and was referred to this hospital for further management and finally diagnosed with hypophosphatemia.
WHAT IS NEW AND CONCLUSION: As hypophosphatemia is often underestimated, this case report emphasizes the importance of correcting hypophosphatemia in all critically ill patients.
PMID: 25828888 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]