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Nefrologia. 2004;24(3):283-7.

[Acute hyperphosphatemia secondary to phosphate administration for bowel preparation].

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  • 1Servicio de Nefrología, Hospital 12 de Octubre, Madrid.


We report a 75-years-old woman, stable on a three-weekly hemodialysis program over a period of 3 years, who develop acute hyperphosphatemia secondary to phosphate administration for bowel preparation. The quick clinical diagnosis and the treatment with intensive hemodialysis resulted in a correction of hyperphosphatemia, hypocalcemia, acidemia and other electrolyte abnormalities. The phosphate cathartics are contraindicated in patients with severe renal insufficient or in dialysis program. Our case shows the severe side effects secondary to injudicious use of sodium phosphate cathartics.

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