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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Patients With Chronic Viral Hepatitis Should Be Tested for Vitamin D

Low Prevalence of Testing Despite High Prevalence of Insufficiency

Chicago—Retrospective findings presented at the 2011 Digestive Disease Week meeting revealed that 64% of patients with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection have low levels of vitamin D (abstract Su1302). In light of the results, researchers are urging clinicians to monitor vitamin D levels in all patients with chronic viral hepatitis.

“If we treat vitamin D deficiency, we can potentially decrease the high rate of osteopenia and osteoporosis in this population, including bone loss related to some of the antiviral therapies” said co-investigator Maya Gambarin-Gelwan, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York City.

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