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.
- diverticular disease
- lanthanum carbonate