Vitamin D

Vitamin D (400IU/day) and 25-hydroxy-vitamin D (0.5mcg/kg/day) have been studied in pediatric patients with various rheumatic diseases, with or without steroid treatment (53-55).

These studies treated small numbers of patients with different characteristics (age, type, duration, and severity of the disease), so comparing their results is impossible. Data on the efficacy of vitamin D treatment in reducing or preventing bone loss are not conclusive, even if an increase in bone mass has been reported.

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