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Overview

The level of phosphorus can become abnormally low or high. The phosphorus serum test is used to evaluate this.

What is phosphorus serum?

Phosphorous is an element that is important in many of the body’s physiological processes. A phosphorus serum test determines if you have low or high levels of phosphorous to diagnose certain conditions. Your doctor will need to perform more tests to determine the cause behind abnormal phosphorus serum test results.

Why is the phosphorus serum test suggested?

Your doctor will ask you to get a phosphorus serum test if you experience

  • Changes in your mental health.
  • Bone issues.
  • Irregularity in breathing.
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Weakness in muscles.
  • Loss or gain of weight.

How is the phosphorus serum test performed?

The phosphorus serum test involves the following steps:

  • A lab technician draws your blood.
  • A small needle is used to collect blood from a vein in your hand or arm.
  • This sample is sent to the laboratory for analysis.

This is how a phosphorus serum test is performed.

What are the parameters measured in phosphorus serum?

Phosphorus serum is measured in milligrams of phosphorous per deciliter of blood. The normal range in adults is usually 2.5 to 4.5 mg/dl.

Preparation before performing phosphorus serum

The phosphorus serum levels can be affected by:

  • Antacids
  • Vitamin D supplements.
  • Intravenous glucose.
  • Any medication containing sodium phosphate.

Post-care after phosphorus serum

There is no post-care necessary after the phosphorus serum test.

Sample types in phosphorus serum

A blood sample is needed in a phosphorus serum test.

Side effects/risks of phosphorus serum

These are the risks of a phosphorus serum test:

  • Bruising, bleeding, or infection of the puncture site.
  • Lightheadedness after blood is drawn.
  • Vein swelling after blood is drawn.

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