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JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2012 Nov;36(6):753-5. doi: 10.1177/0148607111436280. Epub 2012 Feb 7.

Fried-potato diet causes vitamin A deficiency in an autistic child.

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Department of General Medicine, Kanagawa Children's Medical Center, 2-138-4 Mutukawa, Minami-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa 232-8555, Japan.


A 5-year-old boy with autism developed dry eye and xerophthalmia. Serum vitamin A was undetectable. Dietary history revealed a markedly altered intake consisting of only fried potatoes and rice balls for 2 years. Fried potatoes contain no vitamin A. Autism is a multifaceted developmental disorder infrequently accompanied by abnormal eating practices. To the authors' knowledge, most children with autism who develop dietary vitamin A deficiency have consumed an excess of fried potatoes. Attention to possible vitamin A deficiency is essential when fried potatoes are consumed exclusively.

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