Circulating levels of 25 OH vitamin D were measured in 44 patients who had undergone small intestinal bypass for obesity. Sixty one percent had low circulating levels of the metabolite, which tended to normalize with time. This adaptive response also occurred for circulating total calcium, magnesium, albumin, and alkaline phosphatase. Serum concentrations of 25 OH vitamin D was seen in two patients. Following correction of total serum calcium for attendant hypoalbuminemia, 27% of patients remained hypocalcemic. The bone densities of two of 32 patients were low. In addition, skeletal biopsies of three of six patients were abnormal. It is concluded that small intestinal bypass results in at least transient deficit of circulating 25 OH vitamin D. As this operation may be associated with abnormal bone morphology, clinically significant skeletal disease may become apparent with long term follow up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-293
Number of pages5
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1977


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