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Vitamin D in Orthopaedics

Tran, Elaine Y., MD1,a; Uhl, Richard L., MD1,b; Rosenbaum, Andrew J., MD1,c

doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.16.00084
Review Article

  • ➢ Defining vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency by a single cutoff value remains controversial because of the variability of its functional effects on each individual.
  • ➢ A variety of orthopaedic populations have been shown to have insufficient vitamin D levels, including patients with trauma, National Football League (NFL) athletes, and patients undergoing elective shoulder arthroplasty and foot and ankle procedures, which may be a reflection of the overall prevalence of hypovitaminosis D.
  • ➢ Although supplementation may not prevent osteoporotic fractures, supplementation has been shown to effectively improve vitamin D levels in deficient patients.
  • ➢ Sufficient vitamin D levels may be associated with improved functional and clinical outcomes in patients undergoing elective orthopaedic surgical procedures.

1Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Albany Medical College, Albany, New York

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