Nutritional vitamin D deficiency presenting as hemichorea.

Academic Article


  • The authors describe a pediatric patient with repaired hypoplastic left heart syndrome developing protein-losing enteropathy, hypocalcemia, vitamin D deficiency, and hemichorea. After correction of nutritional vitamin D deficiency with calcium and vitamin D supplementation, the chorea resolved. Hypoalbuminemia also improved after the correction of vitamin D deficiency without requiring albumin infusions. This report also raises the possible role of calcium or vitamin D in the intestinal loss of albumin in protein-losing enteropathy.
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  • Child, Preschool, Chorea, Follow-Up Studies, Functional Laterality, Humans, Male, Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 18834713
  • Author List

  • Fernandez R; Ashraf A; Dure LS
  • Start Page

  • 74
  • End Page

  • 76
  • Volume

  • 22
  • Issue

  • 1