- J Cyst Fibros. 2009 May 14. [Epub ahead of print]
Very high-dose ergocalciferol is effective for correcting vitamin D deficiency in children and young adults with cystic fibrosis.
Boas SR, Hageman JR, Ho LT, Liveris M.
Cystic Fibrosis Center of Chicago, 2401 Ravine Way, Suite 302, Glenview. Illinois 60025, United States; Department of Pediatrics, Evanston Hospital, 2650 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60201, United States.
Approximately 10-80% of patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) have vitamin D deficiency. Obtaining therapeutic vitamin D levels has been a challenge for CF care providers using current recommended high-dose oral ergocalciferol (400,000 IU over 2 months). The objective of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a 2-week, very high dose ergocalciferol (700,000 IU over 14 days) repletion strategy in children and young adults with CF. As part of a quality improvement initiative, a prospective cohort study was performed from January through May 2007.
- Phase I included identifying individuals with CF who were subtherapeutic in 25-OH D. In phase II, 50,000 IU of ergocalciferol was prescribed for a 14 day term and administered daily. During phase III, a post treatment 25-OH D level was obtained to determine improvement. Baseline demographics and clinical characteristics were obtained at study entry. Stratification of the post 25-OHD levels was defined. Eighteen individuals with CF participated in the study. The mean age was 17+/-5 years (range 6-25 years). One hundred percent were pancreatic insufficient and required pancreatic enzyme replacement. All 18 had 25-OHD levels less than 30 ng/mL pre-treatment. Seventeen of the 18 (94%) participants became therapeutic in the 2-week interval. No patients had values considered high abnormal (100-150 ng/mL) or toxic (>150 ng/mL).
- Mean change was noted at an increase of 37.3+/-22 ng/mL in the 2-week period (p<0.001). Pre and peripubertal individuals had a significantly greater increase in 25-OH D levels. The results of this study demonstrate that very high dosing of vitamin D using oral ergocalciferol over a 14 day period is an effective strategy in achieving therapeutic levels of 25-OH vitamin D in children and young adults with CF.
- We believe this regimen deserves further study.
PMID: 19447079 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]