Neurologic Complications due to Severe Micronutrient Deficiencies in an American Adolescent.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Micronutrient deficiencies are a major global health problem but are less common in developed nations. If left unidentified and untreated, micronutrient deficiencies can lead to serious, sometimes irreversible, sequelae such as with vitamin A deficiency and vision loss. Providers should recognize these issues not only in chronically ill and hospitalized patients but in those with non-illness-related malnutrition due to parent/child-selected restricted diets. Herein, we present a case of unrecognized chronic, severe, malnutrition due to severe behavioral food selectivity with associated neurologic deficits due to hypovitaminosis (vitamins A and B2 ). With adequate enteral nutrition and vitamin repletion, our patient's neurologic deficits have partially recovered.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lyles, JL; Hellmann, JA; Oliveira, SB

Published Date

  • October 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 36 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 1059 - 1062

PubMed ID

  • 32946633

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1941-2452

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/ncp.10573


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States