A. Elzouki 1, Mabrouka M. Legnain 2, T. Markstead 3
1-Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Garyounis, Benghazi, S.P.L.A .J. 2-Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Garyounis, Benghazi, S.P.L.A.J. 3-Department of Paediatrics, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.
Garyounis Medical Journal Vol. 6, No.2. July 1983:195-198
The Vitamin D nutritional status of 19 multiparous women and 14 of their newborn infants in Ben ghazi was assessed by determining 25-hydroxy vitamin D concentrations in maternal and umbilical cord blood, and compared with the normal range established for Norwegian adults and children. Women who had received Vitamin D supplements during pregnancy had significantly higher values of 25- OHD in maternal and cord blood than an unsupplemented group; however, the mean maternal concentration of 25-OHD was in the low normal values, and mean cord-blood level at the lower limits of the normal Norwegian range. Causative factors for the high incidence of neonatal hypocalcemia and infantile rickets observed locally, are discussed.
Keywords: Vitamin D Nutritional Status of Neonates and Pregnant Women in Benghazi