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Renal injury due to vitamin D intoxication; a case of dispensing error

Author(s): Nasri Hamid | Mubarak Muhammed

Journal: Journal of Renal Injury Prevention
ISSN 2345-2781

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 85;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: Acute kidney injury | Hypercalcemia | Hypervitaminosis D | Medication error | Vitamin D toxicity | Chronic Kidney Disease

Implication for health policy/practice/research/medical education:Vitamin D has become a popular drug nowadays and is commonly prescribed for a variety of illnesses. Dosage, prescription and dispensing errors are common and can lead to vitamin D toxicity. The diagnosis of the later is often delayed and can lead to irreversible damage to a number of organs including kidneys. It is important to educate both the health care providers and the patients on the benefits and risks of use of vitamin D and inform them of the safety measures to avoid overdosing of the drug. Vitamin D intoxication can lead to acute or chronic renal injury and this cause should be considered in differential diagnosis of unusual cases of renal failure and hypercalcemia.
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