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SA Orthopaedic Journal

On-line version ISSN 2309-8309
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SNYDERS, RF; JORDAAN, JD; RASOOL, MN  and  GOGA, IE. Vitamin D status in patients undergoing arthroplasty. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2016, vol.15, n.4, pp.43-46. ISSN 2309-8309.

Vitamin D deficiency has, in recent literature, been associated with poorer outcomes following arthroplasty. This is a retrospective chart review of 209 patients presenting to a local arthroplasty unit in one year. The aim was to identify the prevalence of undiagnosed vitamin D deficiency in this group of patients. The results showed a 10% prevalence. In this study, Indian and Coloured female patients were most at risk (15-16% prevalence) and Black patients had the lowest prevalence (6.9%). In conclusion, the population presenting for arthroplasty at this unit is at risk of vitamin D deficiency, and we advocate vitamin D levels to be part of a standard metabolic workup in our environment.

Keywords : vitamin D deficiency; arthroplasty; poor outcomes.

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