• The prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in consecutive new patients seen over a 6-month period in general rheumatology clinics.

      Haroon, Muhammad; Bond, Ursula; Quillinan, Niamh; Phelan, Mark J; Regan, Michael J; Arthritis and Osteoporosis Centre, Department of Rheumatology, South, Infirmary-Victoria University Hospital, Cork, Ireland. mharoon301@hotmail.com (2012-02-01)
      The objectives of this study are to assess: (a) the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among new patients attending rheumatology outpatient departments, (b) the age profile of these low vitamin D patients and (c) whether any diagnostic category had a particularly high number of vitamin D-deficient patients. All new patients seen consecutively in general rheumatology clinics between January to June 2007 inclusive were eligible to partake in this study, and 231 out of 264 consented to do so. Parathyroid hormone, 25-hydroxyvitamin D, creatinine, calcium, phosphate, albumin and alkaline phosphatase levels were measured. We defined vitamin D deficiency as /=65 and 78% of patients aged