What is hyperphosphatemia?
Hyperphosphatemia is the term for elevated phosphates in the blood. Phosphates are the naturally occurring form of phosphorus and is necessary for many processes in the body. Most of the phosphates within the body are found in the bones and the concentration in the bloodstream is carefully regulated. Excess may be excreted through the kidneys. Hyperphosphatemia arises when excess phosphates are absorbed from the gut, reduced excretion of phosphates and higher than normal production of phosphates.