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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 220

Correlation of severity of asthma with serum Vitamin D3 and serum magnesium level in children aged 5–14 years


Department of Paediatrics, Al-Kindy College of Medicine, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq

Date of Submission25-May-2020
Date of Acceptance10-Jun-2020
Date of Web Publication13-Jul-2020

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Prof. Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi
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DOI: 10.4103/JPCC.JPCC_89_20

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Al-Mendalawi MD. Correlation of severity of asthma with serum Vitamin D3 and serum magnesium level in children aged 5–14 years. J Pediatr Crit Care 2020;7:220

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Al-Mendalawi MD. Correlation of severity of asthma with serum Vitamin D3 and serum magnesium level in children aged 5–14 years. J Pediatr Crit Care [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 13];7:220. Available from: http://www.jpcc.org.in/text.asp?2020/7/4/220/289532



Sir,

In March–April 2020 issue of the Journal of Pediatric Critical Care, Sharma et al.[1] found in their cross-sectional study that 66.6% of the Indian children aged 5–14 years admitted with asthma had Vitamin D3 (VD3) insufficiency while 9.3% had deficiency. Serum VD3 levels were lower significantly in children with severe asthma as compared to those with mild, moderate, or intermittent asthma.[1] They concluded that VD3 insufficiency was widely common in asthmatic children and correlated significantly with the asthma severity.[1] Based on the following limitation, the aforementioned study findings and conclusion must be taken cautiously. Although India is a tropical country with plenty of sunshine, VD3 deficiency is worryingly prevailing among different age groups. The published data addressed that VD3 deficiency prevalence ranged from 84.9% to 100% among school-going Indian children.[2] I assume that conducting a case–control study enrolling case group with asthma and age- and gender-matched control group instead of the cross-sectional study is a justifiable option to better reveal VD3 status in asthmatic patients and determine its correlation with asthma severity.

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Sharma P, Khanna A, Mittal K. Correlation of severity of asthma with serum Vitamin D3 and serum magnesium level in children aged 5-14 years. J Pediatr Crit Care 2020;7:69-72.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Kamboj P, Dwivedi S, Toteja GS. Prevalence of hypovitaminosis D in India & way forward. Indian J Med Res 2018;148:548-56.  Back to cited text no. 2
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