Effect of Phosphate or Magnesium Cathartics on Serum Calcium: Observations in Normocalcemic Patients

James J. Wiberg, Gail G. Turner, Frank Q. Nuttall

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Abstract

The administration of a commercial phosphate cathartic in conventional doses to normal subjects prior to barium enema resulted in a striking increase in serum phosphorus levels followed by a decline in serum calcium levels in all subjects. Changes were highly significant (P <.01) when compared with control subjects who were prepared for the same procedure with magnesium citrate. Levels of serum potassium also decreased significantly (P <.01) but not serum sodium, chloride, bicarbonate, or magnesium.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1114-1116
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Volume138
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1978

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Effect of Phosphate or Magnesium Cathartics on Serum Calcium : Observations in Normocalcemic Patients. / Wiberg, James J.; Turner, Gail G.; Nuttall, Frank Q.

In: Archives of Internal Medicine, Vol. 138, No. 7, 07.1978, p. 1114-1116.

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Wiberg, James J. ; Turner, Gail G. ; Nuttall, Frank Q. / Effect of Phosphate or Magnesium Cathartics on Serum Calcium : Observations in Normocalcemic Patients. In: Archives of Internal Medicine. 1978 ; Vol. 138, No. 7. pp. 1114-1116.
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