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Presse Med. 2013 Dec;42(12):1565-71. doi: 10.1016/j.lpm.2013.01.060. Epub 2013 Apr 28.

[Depressive symptoms and widespread pains in a prisoner: think on vitamin D deficiency].

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  • 1Polyclinique médicale universitaire, service de médecine et de psychiatrie pénitentiaires, 1008 Prilly, Suisse.


The confinement can lead to an important limitation of sun exposure of the prisoners. This limitation can lead to a deficit in vitamin D, source of diverse disorders. Diffuse pains of members and of joints are the most classics troubles. The association of vitamin D deficiency and psychiatric disorders is frequent but badly known. Even if there is still no evidence indicating a cause and effect relationship between vitamin D deficiency and depressive episodes, the contribution of vitamin D deficiency in the arisen of a depression has to be considered. The treatment of vitamin D deficiency cannot, in itself, constitute a treatment of the depressive disorder but contributes to the improvement of the whole status The psychiatric follow-up remains indispensable, in particular because of the suicidal risk, particularly present in prison.

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