Hypophosphataemia. Pathophysiology, effects and management on the intensive care unit

Anaesthesia. 1998 Sep;53(9):895-902. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2044.1998.00463.x.


Routine detection and treatment of hypophosphataemia on the intensive care unit is commonplace. Hypophosphataemia has been associated with a multitude of clinical effects and there are many associations between correction of hypophosphataemia and improvement in symptoms. However, there is no evidence at present to support the routine correction of hypophosphataemia in the absence of clinical symptoms or signs.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Critical Care / methods*
  • Heart Diseases / etiology
  • Homeostasis
  • Humans
  • Hypophosphatemia / drug therapy*
  • Hypophosphatemia / etiology
  • Nervous System Diseases / etiology
  • Phosphates / metabolism
  • Respiration Disorders / etiology


  • Phosphates