Vitamin D plays an important role in bone homeostasis. We aimed to report the prevalence of hypovitaminosis D in children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and risk factors associated with low serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) concentration in children with IBD.
Risk factors for deficiency of this vitamin are similar to those in healthy children, with the addition of higher erythrocyte sedimentation rate. Both patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease are at risk for hypovitaminosis D.
*Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA
†University of Amsterdam School of Medicine, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
‡Bone Health Program, Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, MA.
Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr Helen M. Pappa, Division of Gastroenerology and Nutrition, Children's Hospital Boston, Hunnewell Ground, 300 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115 (e-mail: Helen.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Received 22 November, 2010
Accepted 18 May, 2011
The authors report no conflicts of interest.