Phosphorus is very important for the body’s physiological process. It aids with energy storage, body growth, and muscle and nerve production. Bones and teeth have most of the body’s phosphorus. Phosphorus is also naturally occurring in the blood.
A serum phosphorus test is used to determine the high and low levels of phosphorus in the bloodstream. But it can’t help to diagnose the condition of the patient, hence the doctor will need to perform a few more tests to determine the cause of abnormal phosphorus (serum) test results.
Why get tested?
The doctor may ask the patient to take the test to evaluate the level of phosphorus in the bloodstream. It also helps to diagnose the conditions that may cause abnormally high or low levels of Phosphorus.
The doctor may advise to take this test along with other tests such as parathyroid hormone (PTH), calcium, and/or Vitamin D to diagnose or/and monitor treatment of various conditions that cause phosphorus and calcium imbalances.
This test includes
Following preparation are required before taking the Phosphorous [Serum] Test:
Overnight fasting before the test is required.
Restrict the consumption of alcohol for at least 12-48 hours before taking the test.
It is important to inform the doctor about the medications such as antacids, intravenous glucose, and Vitamin D supplements etc., that are being taken by the patient.