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Pediatr Gastroenterol Hepatol Nutr. 2012 Sep;15(3):138-144. English. Review.
Seo JH , Chang JY , Park JS , Park CH , Youn HS .
Department of Pediatrics, Gyeongsang National University School of Medicine, Gyeongsang Institute of Health Science, Jinju, Korea.
Department of Pediatrics, Seoul National University Boramae Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

The clinical importance of vitamin D has been recently highlighted, due to non-skeletal effects of vitamin D and the fact that vitamin D receptors are observed in many kinds of cells. Vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency results in the development of gastrointestinal diseases, including obesity, hepatitis B, chronic hepatitis C, and inflammatory bowel disease in children. The prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency in 188 Korean adolescents, aged 12-13 years, was 98.9% for boys and 100% for girls. This article reviews recent publications, regarding vitamin D deficiency and childhood gastrointestinal diseases, and introduces new treatment and prevention guidelines for vitamin D deficiency.

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