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A phosphate test measures the amount of phosphate in your child's blood. Your child's body needs this mineral to build and repair bones and teeth. It also helps nerves and muscles work as they should.
The kidneys help control the amount of phosphate in the blood. A high level of phosphate can be caused by a kidney problem.
A test to measure phosphate in blood may be done to:
In general, you don't need to prepare before your child has this test. Your doctor may give some specific instructions.
A health professional uses a needle to take a blood sample, usually from the arm.
This test will take a few minutes.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.
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Adaptation Date: 5/5/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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