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Hypovitaminosis D: a novel finding in primary ciliary dyskinesia

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Title
Hypovitaminosis D: a novel finding in primary ciliary dyskinesia
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Italian Journal of Pediatrics, February 2015
DOI 10.1186/s13052-015-0119-5
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Virginia Mirra, Carlo Caffarelli, Marco Maglione, Rossella Valentino, Giuseppe Perruolo, Claudia Mazzarella, Laida Lisa Di Micco, Silvia Montella, Francesca Santamaria

Abstract

A relationship between low levels of serum vitamin D and respiratory infections has been established. No study has examined the frequency and clinical relevance of vitamin D deficiency in patients with primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD). Vitamin D levels were measured in 22 PCD patients (7 females, 10.5 years, range, 2-34 years). In PCD, pulmonary function tests (PFTs), sputum microbiology, self-reported physical activity (PA) level, and quality of life (QoL) by means of the Saint George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ), were also assessed. Seventy-two percent of PCD patients were vitamin-D deficient-to-insufficient and 28% were sufficient. No differences in PFTs parameters were found between vitamin D deficiency-to-insufficiency and sufficiency groups. Patients with vitamin D deficiency-to-insufficiency had significantly higher SGRQ total scores, and thus poorer QoL (p = 0.03). Seventy-nine percent of PCD subjects had limitations in performing vigorous activities, and 53% performed less than 3 hours of PA per week. Vitamin D deficiency-to-insufficiency and sufficiency groups did not show any differences in age at PCD diagnosis or at onset of respiratory symptoms, BMI, atopy, current asthma or bronchiectasis. However, 79% of patients with bronchiectasis had vitamin D deficiency-to-insufficiency. No differences were found in the rate of positive sputum cultures and in the number of antibiotic courses between the two groups. Hypovitaminosis D is common in PCD patients, and is associated with poorer QoL. We recommend the assessment and treatment of hypovitaminosis D to be included in the routine management of PCD.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 1%
Netherlands 1 1%
Unknown 73 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 19 25%
Student > Bachelor 11 15%
Other 6 8%
Researcher 6 8%
Student > Doctoral Student 4 5%
Other 16 21%
Unknown 13 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 35 47%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 5 7%
Nursing and Health Professions 5 7%
Sports and Recreations 2 3%
Immunology and Microbiology 2 3%
Other 7 9%
Unknown 19 25%

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