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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 511-514
Congenital vitamin D deficiency: A rare etiology of an acute life threatening event in early infancy

1 Department of Pediatrics, Medical College Umm Al-Qura University, Makkah, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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Rafat Mosalli
Department of Pediatrics, Umm Al-Qura University, P.O. Box 7607, Makkah
Saudi Arabia
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Infants born to mothers with deficiency of vitamin D and/or calcium due to cultural modifications in their diets, life style and clothing habits, are at risk of developing early and fatal sequelae of hypocalcemic vitamin D deficiency. We present a 44-day-old infant with hypocal­cemia secondary to congenital vitamin D deficiency, who presented as a recurrent Acute Life Threatening Event (ALTE) resulting in an unexpectedly prolonged intensive care course. This report suggests that evaluation of vitamin D status should be included as part of the workup of ALTE and we describe evidence-based preventive measures for both mothers and infants who are at risk for vitamin D deficiency.

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