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Vitamin D in pregnancy-time for action: a paediatric audit

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Please cite this paper as: Sharma S, Khan N, Khadri A, Julies P, Gnanasambandam S, Saroey S, Jacobs B, Beski S, Coren M, Alexander S. Vitamin D in pregnancy-time for action: a paediatric audit. BJOG 2009; DOI: 10.1111/j.1471-0528.2009.02285.x.

Maternal vitamin D deficiency is a significant public health issue. This retrospective multicentre audit was undertaken to identify the scale of maternal vitamin D deficiency in London, using infant vitamin D deficiency as a surrogate marker. During January 2006 to June 2008, 74 infants presented with symptomatic vitamin D deficiency, a prevalence of 1.6 per 1000 deliveries in London. Of these, 49% were hypocalcaemic at presentation and 27% had hypocalcaemic seizures. A telephone survey in June 2008 showed that no London National Health Service antenatal units had departmental guidelines on vitamin D. This audit is presented to raise awareness of current recommendations and the sequelae of maternal vitamin D deficiency.
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Keywords: Antenatal care; infancy; vitamin D deficiency

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial Healthcare NHS trust, London, UK 2: Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Whitechapel London, UK 3: Northwest London Hospital NHS trust, Middlesex, UK 4: Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation trust, London, UK 5: The Royal London Hospital, Barts and London NHS trust, Whitechapel London, UK

Publication date: 2009-11-01

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