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Taking vitamin D supplements may lower the number of visits to the emergency department due to vaso-occlusive pain episodes in African American children with sickle cell disease (SCD), a study found. The findings also showed that 45% of these children with SCD have vitamin D deficiency.
The study, “Vitamin D supplementation and pain-related emergency department visits in children with sickle cell disease,” was published in the journal Complementary Therapies in Medicine.
Vaso-occlusive pain episodes are the most common reason for SCD patients to visit the emergency department. Such episodes can be caused by specific factors — such as dehydration, infection or cold weather — but also may occur without warning.
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