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Med J Aust. 2001 Sep 3;175(5):251-2.

Vitamin D deficiency in veiled or dark-skinned pregnant women.

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Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine the vitamin D status of veiled or dark-skinned pregnant women, because of their known increased risk of vitamin D deficiency.

DESIGN:

An audit of vitamin D status.

SETTING:

An antenatal clinic in a major metropolitan teaching hospital, Melbourne, Victoria.

PARTICIPANTS:

Pregnant women attending the clinic who agreed to be screened.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25OHD3) level at first visit to the antenatal clinic.

RESULTS:

Of 94 women, 82 were screened. Sixty-six women (80%) had 25OHD3 values below the test reference range (22.5-93.8 nmol/L).

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings are a cause for concern, because vitamin D deficient women are at risk of bone disease and their children at risk of neonatal hypocalcaemia and rickets.

PMID:
11587255
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