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What do we think caused the death of the child in this case? It is clearly a complicated case. Surely it is not a simple case of hypervitaminosis D? Blood level was 160ng/ml. High but there are quite a few people around with that level. http://www.vitamindwiki.com/tiki-index.php?page=Death%20from%20Vitamin%20D%20overdose%20-%20600%2C000%20IU%20daily%20for%203%20weeks%20-%20April%202016

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Asked by  Ian on April 29, 2016


  • Ian
     Ian on

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  • IAW
     IAW on

    “A 10-y-old boy being treated for short stature (weight for age
    and height for age < −3 Z score) in a rural health facility inadvertently
    received 6 lakh IU of vitamin D daily for 21 d instead of
    growth hormone due to erroneous prescription.” “Subsequently, he
    developed abdominal pain and vomiting and a possibility of
    iatrogenic vitamin D intoxication, was kept,which was confirmed
    by elevated levels of 25OH vitamin D (>160 ng/ml) and suppressed
    PTH level (5.34 pcg/ml).”
    So they were suppose to give him growth hormone but by mistake gave him Vitamin D. It was by injection and equaled 600,000 iu A DAY for 21 days.
    The blood level was “greater than 160ng/ml” but they did not give the exact level. (I found another example were someone in India was given the same amount BUT only once a week for 3 months and had a blood level of 254 ng/ml. I can only imagine what that poor boys level was.) So yes he had Vitamin D induced hypercalcemia.
    It said they were treating him for “short stature” and he was suppose to receive growth hormone instead. Ironically there is information that low vitamin d levels can affect growth hormone. So maybe had they just given him 2-3000iu a day of Vitamin D, maybe his problem could have been solved.

    Answered by  IAW on