Prevalence of Low Vitamin D Levels in Patients With Orthopedic Trauma.


Journal Article

Low levels of serum vitamin D have been linked to numerous musculoskeletal and nonmusculoskeletal conditions. Vitamin D deficiency appears relatively high among various patient subpopulations, including patients with fracture nonunion. We conducted a retrospective study to determine the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency in a large population of patients with orthopedic trauma. The study included all patients who were over age 18 years, had no risk factors for vitamin D deficiency, and were treated for an acute fracture at a Level 1 trauma center. Between January 2009 and September 2010, 889 trauma patients had recorded serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels. Overall prevalence of combined vitamin D deficiency/insufficiency was 77%; prevalence of vitamin D deficiency alone was 39%. There were no statistically significant (P < .05) age or sex differences among the population. There did not appear to be a seasonal difference. Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency in acute orthopedic trauma patients appear very common. Further investigation is needed to fully understand the clinical significance.

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Cited Authors

  • Hood, MA; Murtha, YM; Della Rocca, GJ; Stannard, JP; Volgas, DA; Crist, BD

Published Date

  • November 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 7

Start / End Page

  • E522 - E526

PubMed ID

  • 28005107

Pubmed Central ID

  • 28005107

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1934-3418

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1078-4519


  • eng