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Oral Calcium-loading Test in Rickets and in Neonatal Tetany: Effect of Vitamin D

Br Med J 1969; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5663.150 (Published 19 July 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;3:150

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  1. David G. D. Barr,
  2. John O. Forfar

    Abstract

    In an oral calcium-loading test performed on 10 infants with vitamin-D deficiency rickets and low fasting calcium levels, a comparison of results before and after therapy showed that vitamin D raised the serum calcium level at each stage of the test and altered the response so that a more rapid and substantial rise and fall in serum calcium occurred.

    The effects of vitamin D therapy on newborn infants with hypocalcaemic hyperphosphataemic tetany in another study suggests that these infants should be treated in this way to make them more responsive to oral calcium therapy.