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Vitamin D as Adjunctive Therapy in Refractory Pulmonary Tuberculosis: A Case Report

Alexandra V. Yamshchikov MD, Alawode Oladele MD, Michael K. Leonard Jr MD, Henry M. Blumberg MD, Thomas R. Ziegler MD, Vin Tangpricha MD, PhD
Volume: 102 Issue: 6 June, 2009

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Abstract:Vitamin D regulates calcium homeostasis in the body and may play a major role in regulating immune responses to tuberculosis (TB). Pilot studies suggest that vitamin D supplementation may improve outcomes in pulmonary TB (PTB), but clinical evidence using vitamin D in TB treatment is limited. We present a case of vitamin D deficiency in a woman with refractory drug-susceptible PTB. Antituberculous therapy and the correction of vitamin D deficiency resulted in clinical and microbiologic improvement at month 13 of her treatment. The basis for vitamin D/TB interactions and a brief literature review are discussed. Data from controlled trials are needed to evaluate the efficacy of vitamin D as adjunctive TB therapy.

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