Vitamin D Deficiency Increasing
Vitamin D Deficiency in children presenting to the emergency department: A growing concern. Vitamin D deficiency in Birmingham’s Children: Presentation to the emergency department. Kehler L, Verma S, Krone, R, Roper E; Emergency Medicine Journal 2012; 0:1-3; DOI 10.1136/EMERMED-2012-201473
More patients are vitamin D deficient due to a variety of factors which includes a multicultural society and reduced exposure to sunlight because of concerns for skin cancer and due to a more sedentary lifestyle with children spending more time on computers and playing computer games.
The authors completed the retrospective survey of children who were noted to be Vitamin D deficient, looking at emergency department visits by these patients.
The most common presenting feature was seizures, and limb pain. These were anticipated findings.
Unanticipated was the fact that non-specific abdominal pain was noted in 19% of the patients. Whether or not the abdominal pain was related to hypocalcemia, or elevated phosphates could not be identified.
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