Lanthanum, constipation, bafflying X-rays and a perforated colonic diverticulum

Asher Korzets*, Inna Tsitman, Netta Lev, Boris Zingerman, Michal Herman, Naomi Ben Dor, Uzi Gafter, Yaacov Ori

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Lanthanum carbonate (LC) is used as a phosphate binder in dialysed patients. Abdominal pain and constipation are known side effects of its use. Furthermore, in radiological studies, LC tablets are seen as intense radio-opaque deposits within the entire gastrointestinal tractfindings which can lead to diagnostic misinterpretations. An elderly patient on peritoneal dialysis and taking LC presented with peritonitis, secondary to a perforated colonic diverticulum. The possible association between the use of LC, worsening constipation and complications arising from colonic diverticular disease, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-333
Number of pages3
JournalCKJ: Clinical Kidney Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • constipation
  • dialysis
  • diverticular disease
  • lanthanum carbonate


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