Effect of VDR polymorphisms on growth and bone mineral density in homozygous beta thalassaemia.


We examined the effect of vitamin D receptor (VDR) polymorphisms at exon 2 (FokI) and intron 8 (BsmI) on the stature and bone mineral density at femoral neck (FBMD) and lumbar spine (LBMD) in 108 prepubertal and pubertal homozygous beta thalassaemic patients, regularly treated. We found significantly shorter stature and lower LBMD and FBMD in all patients… (More)


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