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Life-threatening electrolyte disturbances from a commonly prescribed drug – Sodium phosphate based enema
Catherine Wong, Wing Lum Cheung, Shirley Man Yee Wong, Winnie Kwai Yu Chan.
Department of Paediatrics, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong.
Laxatives are commonly used medication in patients of all age groups. Sodium phosphate based enema is one of them. While they are often prescribed, medical practitioners may not be familiar with the content of them and their related potential toxicity. We report a case of life threatening toxicity in a young child without underlying renal disease after she was given repeated doses of sodium phosphate enema, and discuss about the acute management of phosphate-containing laxatives toxicity, as well as the growing concern for safety of this kind of medication.

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