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Incidence of rickets of prematurity at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi.
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PMID:  10442123     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Reports of osteopaenia/rickets of prematurity are on the increase due to improved survival rates of low birthweight infants. OBJECTIVE: To establish the incidence of rickets of prematurity by the age of six months in premature infants born at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Newborn unit and paediatric outpatient follow up clinic of Kenyatta National Hospital. SUBJECTS: Successive surviving infants of birthweight less than 2000 g residents in Nairobi. RESULTS: Incidence of rickets of prematurity by six months of age was 58.8%. Rickets appeared more commonly in male infants compared to female infants. CONCLUSION: Rickets of prematurity is a common problem in the premature infants seen at Kenyatta National Hospital. Routine vitamin D supplements to premature infants in adequate doses of at least 400iu per day should be adopted in our centre.
D P Oyatsi; R N Musoke; A O Wasunna
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  East African medical journal     Volume:  76     ISSN:  0012-835X     ISO Abbreviation:  East Afr Med J     Publication Date:  1999 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-08-25     Completed Date:  1999-08-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372766     Medline TA:  East Afr Med J     Country:  KENYA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  63-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi.
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MeSH Terms
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature
Infant, Premature, Diseases / epidemiology*
Kenya / epidemiology
Rickets / epidemiology*

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