Journal Article

Nineteen Cases of Symptomatic Neonatal Hypocalcemia Secondary to Vitamin D Deficiency: A 2-Year Study

Fathi Hassan Teaema and Khalid Al Ansari

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 56, issue 2, pages 108-110
Published in print April 2010 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online July 2009 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmp063
Nineteen Cases of Symptomatic Neonatal Hypocalcemia Secondary to Vitamin D Deficiency: A 2-Year Study

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Vitamin D deficiency can develop very early in infancy, and be characterized by severe hypocalcemic symptoms. This study was done to determine the relation between symptomatic hypocalcemia and vitamin D deficiency in newborn infants and their mothers in the state of Qatar. This is a retrospective study for all newborns presented to the Pediatric Emergency Centers in Qatar with symptomatic hypocalcemia from 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2007. Nineteen newborn infants during the study period presented with symptomatic hypocalcemia. Vitamin D deficiency with or without relative hypoparathyroidism was the attributed cause. Vitamin D deficiency in newborn infants secondary to maternal vitamin D deficiency leading to hypocalcemic symptoms is not uncommon in the state of Qatar. Therefore, vitamin D supplementation in pregnant and lactating mothers in the state of Qatar should be considered after proper screening.

Keywords: newborn infants; hypocalcemia; seizures; vitamin D deficiency; jitteriness

Journal Article.  1248 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Paediatrics

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