The Clinical Syndrome of Phosphate Depletion

  • Shaul G. Massry
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 103)


There are 600–700 grams of phosphorus in the human body, with 85% of it in the skeleton. Only 600–700 mg or 1/1000 of total body phosphorus is found in the extracellular fluid. About 15% of body phosphorus is located in soft tissues, mainly in the form of intermediary carbohydrate, lipid and protein compounds. The amount of inorganic phosphorus in the cell is very small, but it is very important since it is this fraction which provides the source of phosphorus for the resynthesis of adenosine triphosphate, ATP, (1).


Inorganic Phosphorus Serum Phosphorus Chronic Alcoholism Respiratory Alkalosis Phosphate Depletion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shaul G. Massry
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  1. 1.Division of Nephrology and Department of MedicineThe University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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