Symptomatic antiepileptic drug associated vitamin D deficiency in noninstitutionalized patients: an under-diagnosed disorder.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Four noninstitutionalized patients, 4 months - 51 years old, presented out of 421 patients with epilepsy seen within a period of 2 years with serious symptoms of vitamin D deficiency secondary to chronic antiepileptic drug therapy. Presenting symptoms included exacerbation of seizure activity, status epilepticus, carpopedal spasms, fractures, osteomalacia, and rickets. All had low serum calcium and low vitamin D levels. Our experience supports the practice of screening patients on chronic antiepileptic drug therapy for vitamin D abnormalities.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mikati, M; Wakim, RH; Fayad, M

Published Date

  • 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 51 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 71 - 73

PubMed ID

  • 15298160

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0023-9852


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Lebanon