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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 464-466

Hyper vitaminosis D: are we overprescribing vitamin D?


1 Department of Nephrology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry, India
2 Department of General Medicine, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Puducherry, India

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R Hemachandar
Department of Nephrology, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, Pondy Cuddalore Main Road, Pillaiyarkuppam, Puducherry - 607 402
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.148153

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Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin is now considered to be a hormone due to its important role in many physiological functions. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with many disorders ranging from bone diseases, cardiovascular diseases to cancer. Hence, there is a recent surge in the empirical prescription of vitamin D for various disorders without documentation of vitamin D deficiency and monitoring the treatment. We report a case of iatrogenic hypercalcemia and acute kidney injury due to vitamin D toxicity after empirical and overzealous use of vitamin D and calcium supplements. We present this case to remind clinicians the importance of monitoring the patients treated with mega doses of vitamin D.


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