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Children with Epilepsy in Malaysia Show Vitamin-D Deficiency

Children with Epilepsy in Malaysia Show Vitamin-D Deficiency
Vitamin D is usually associated with the sun, because it is produced in the body when exposed to the sun. Malaysia is no stranger to sunlight.

Vitamin D is usually associated with the sun, because it is produced in the body when exposed to the sun. Malaysia is no stranger to sunlight.

Long-term use of antiepileptic drugs is a significant risk factor for vitamin D deficiency in children with epilepsy. A new Epilepsia study found that despite living in the tropics, a high proportion of Malaysian children with epilepsy are at risk of vitamin D deficiency.

Among 244 children, vitamin D deficiency was identified in 55 (22.5%) of patients, and a further 48 (19.7%) had vitamin D insufficiency. Children with multiple antiepileptic drugs, low sunshine exposure, Indian ethnicity, female sex, and age >12 years were more likely to be vitamin D deficient.

Source:

Wiley

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