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January 1980

Severe Hypophosphatemia as a Complication of the Treatment of Hypothermia

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

Arch Intern Med. 1980;140(1):128-129. doi:10.1001/archinte.1980.00330130130033

• Severe hypophosphatemia (< 1.0 mg/dL) has been described in only a few well-defined clinical situations. Reported here is the first case, to my knowledge, of severe hypophosphatemia occurring during the rewarming of a profoundly hypothermic patient. Urinary excretion of phosphorus was minimal, implying a shift of phosphorus into the intracellular space.

(Arch Intern Med 140:128-129, 1980)