Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in adult tuberculosis patients at a central hospital in Malawi.

@article{Banda2011PrevalenceOV,
  title={Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in adult tuberculosis patients at a central hospital in Malawi.},
  author={Richard Banda and Bongani Mhemedi and Theresa J. Allain},
  journal={The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease},
  year={2011},
  volume={15 3},
  pages={
          408-10
        }
}
Vitamin D deficiency (VDD) is associated with impaired mycobacterial immunity and susceptibility to tuberculosis (TB). We measured 25 hydroxy vitamin D levels in 161 adult TB patients at a central hospital in Malawi, of whom 120 (74.5%) had ≤75 nmol/l (hypovitaminosis D), 68 (42%) had ≤50 nmol/l (VDD) and 13.6% of in-patients and 6.8% of out-patients had ≤25 nmol/l (severe VDD). In-patients had lower body mass index (BMI; 19.0 vs. 20.5, P < 0.004), and vitamin D levels were lower in those with… CONTINUE READING