Navigation Links
Low vitamin D common in spine surgery patients
Date:11/2/2011

A new study indicates that many patients undergoing spine surgery have low levels of vitamin D, which may delay their recovery.

In a study of 313 patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery, orthopaedic surgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that more than half had inadequate levels of vitamin D, including one-fourth who were more severely deficient.

The researchers report their findings today at the 26th Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society. The study was chosen as one of the meeting's best papers.

"Our findings suggest it may be worthwhile to screen surgery patients for vitamin D," says Jacob M. Buchowski, MD, the study's principal investigator. "We think those with insufficient levels of vitamin D may benefit from taking 50,000 international units of the vitamin once a week for eight weeks before surgery as this may help the recovery after spinal fusion surgery."

Vitamin D helps with calcium absorption, and patients with a deficiency can have difficulty producing new bone. They are at risk for a condition called osteomalacia. Unlike osteoporosis or osteopenia, which result from low bone mineral density, osteomalacia interferes with new bone formation.

All the patients in the study had spinal fusion surgery. In that procedure, surgeons remove discs between two or more vertebrae. The bones in the spine are then attached with hardware and treated with growth factors. As the spine heals, new bone begins to form, and the vertebrae fuse together.

Buchowski became aware of the vitamin D problem when a patient in her 40s experienced a slow recovery after spinal fusion surgery.

"I was examining her and trying to figure out why the vertebrae didn't fuse," he says. "She mentioned that she had recently been diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency, and it was like a 'light bulb' went off."

As a result, Buchowski, an associate professor of orthpaedic surgery
'/>"/>

Contact: Jim Dryden
jdryden@wustl.edu
314-286-0110
Washington University School of Medicine
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Vitamin B-based treatment for corneal disease may offer some patients a permanent solution
2. Women do not get enough vitamin D during the menopause
3. Research Sheds Light on Vitamin Ds Role in Immunity
4. Extra Vitamin E May Be Associated With Prostate Cancer
5. National study finds vitamin E supplement may increase prostate cancer risk
6. Oral steroids linked to severe vitamin D deficiency in nationwide study
7. Could Too Little Vitamin B-12 Shrink the Aging Brain?
8. Many Black Men in Cold Climates Lack Vitamin D
9. Vitamin D deficiency linked with airway changes in children with severe asthma
10. African-American men living in poor sunlight areas at risk for vitamin D deficiency
11. One size doesnt fit all for vitamin D and men
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Low vitamin D common in spine surgery patients
(Date:9/1/2014)... September 02, 2014 NAPW ... Healthcare, LLC as a 2014 Professional Woman of the ... for leadership in office management. As the largest, most-recognized ... virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of ... over 600,000 members and nearly 300 Local Chapters. , ...
(Date:9/1/2014)... NAPW honors ... Orthopedics Pain Treatment & Cardiology, as a ... is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership ... organization of women in the country, spanning virtually ... Professional Women is a powerfully vibrant networking community ...
(Date:9/1/2014)... (PRWEB) September 02, 2014 Spine Team ... annual Reader’s Choice ‘Best of 2014’ award based on ... Northeast Tarrant County, Las Colinas & Coppell, Rockwall & ... would like to thank our patients and the residents ... Texas as LIVING magazine’s ‘Best of 2014’ in the ...
(Date:9/1/2014)... an innovative Washington State University study of deadly force ... black people. But when it came time to shoot, ... longer to pull the trigger against them than against ... the recent Journal of Experimental Criminology , grow ... disproportionate number of ethnic and racial minorities shot by ...
(Date:9/1/2014)... UWDress.com, a well-known wedding dress manufacturer and ... green bridesmaid dresses for its new and old ... company’s online category. What’s more, they are offered at ... offer is specially launched to celebrate the coming of ... have won great appreciation from worldwide clients. Now, the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:National Association of Professional Women Announces Victoria Smith, Office Manager at Apex Healthcare, LLC, a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year 2Health News:National Association of Professional Women Announces Laura Brinkley, Manager, Gibson Orthopedics Pain Treatment & Cardiology Clinic, a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year 2Health News:Spine Team Texas chosen in LIVING Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Awards 2Health News:WSU 'deadly force' lab finds racial disparities in shootings 2Health News:WSU 'deadly force' lab finds racial disparities in shootings 3Health News:2014 Lime Green Bridesmaid Dresses Offered At UWDress.com 2
... could help keep ones mind working.The study also found those ... fat have an increased risk of cognitive impairment during middle ... eat could play a role in your risk for dementia. ... with a lower risk of dementia. Researchers in the Netherlands ...
... in the recent issue of British Medical Journal say ... suicides and suicidal attempts.// ,Depression is characterized ... activities, low levels of self-esteem and confidence, and in ... and suicide. ,Clinical depression, also known as ...
... thyroid problem may have a lower risk of developing ... have shown that one of the circulating thyroid hormones ... mammary gland cells responded to thyroid hormones , population ... thyroid hormone and breast cancer. ,In a recent ...
... recent study researchers suggest that women drink wine to keep their ... wine is good for the heart. Although much of the research ... men, it is still not clear why moderate amounts of wine ... effects of wine on women’s hearts, the alcohol habits of 102 ...
... research conducted by Northwestern University about the effects of epidural ... analgesic given at the early stages of labor does not ... in their final term were observed for the study. All ... women who were given epidural in the early stages of ...
... onset wheezing is associated with high levels of allergies, ... the longest duration of wheezing also appear to have ... later in childhood end up with the same characteristics ... involved nearly 1,500 children born on the Isle of ...
Cached Medicine News:
(Date:8/29/2014)... 29, 2014  A Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: ... stent removability and preliminary long term stricture resolution ... the August issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Gastroenterology. ... is being conducted in 11 countries and five ... metal stents (FCSEMS) after extended indwell (i.e., up ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... -- Thoratec Corporation (NASDAQ: THOR ), a ... save, support and restore failing hearts, said today it ... Healthcare Conference on Wednesday, September 10. ... will provide an update on the company, beginning at ... Time).   A webcast of the presentation ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... Aug. 29, 2014 Research and Markets ... Peptide Cancer Therapeutics Market & Pipeline Insight 2014" ... methods developed to prevent and eradicate the prevalence of ... methods are confined to low specificity, safety and large ... look for a better solution. It has been discovered ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Boston Scientific Study Published In Gastroenterology Reports Successful Management Of Benign Biliary Strictures With Fully Covered Metal Stents 2Boston Scientific Study Published In Gastroenterology Reports Successful Management Of Benign Biliary Strictures With Fully Covered Metal Stents 3Boston Scientific Study Published In Gastroenterology Reports Successful Management Of Benign Biliary Strictures With Fully Covered Metal Stents 4Global Peptide Cancer Therapeutics Market & Pipeline Insight 2014 2
... effectiveness for, patients, but Gilead Sciences and Merck and Co. ... ... LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10 AIDS Healthcare,Foundation (AHF) today called ... three-in-one, once daily lifesaving HIV,treatment, Atripla, in developing countries. When ...
... BioMosaics Inc., a cancer,biomarker development company, announced today ... products for the identification of Glypican-3,(GPC3) in human ... tests. This will,allow the GPC3 (Human Glypican-3) ELISA ... and the GPC3 (Human Glypican-3) Monoclonal Antibody (clone,1G12) ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Merck/Gilead Once-A-Day AIDS Pill Not Available in Most Places - AHF Urges Speed-Up of Registrations 2Merck/Gilead Once-A-Day AIDS Pill Not Available in Most Places - AHF Urges Speed-Up of Registrations 3BioMosaics' Glypican-3 Blood & Tissue Tests Receive CE Marking in Europe 2
A standard, durable and reliable indirect....
Designed to retain the desired curve during oral intubation....
Facilitates intubation of tracheal tubes....
SunGlide™ Stylette - Blue Neonatal. Use in 2.0 to 3.5mm tubes. 25/box....
Medicine Products: