Vitamin D deficiency is an independentrisk factor for urinary tract infections (UTIs) after renal transplantation, arecent study found.

Young Eun Kwon, MD, of Yonsei UniversityCollege of Medicine in Seoul,Korea, and colleagues measured25-hydrovitamin D3 levels (25(OH)D3) in 410 patients 2 weeks prior toundergoing renal transplantation. Ofthe 410 patients, 171 (41.7%) werevitamin D deficient (25(OH)D3 levelbelow 10 ng/mL). 

During a median follow-up of 7.3 years, the UTI incidencewas significantly higher in the vitaminD deficient than non-deficient patients(30.4% vs. 16.7%), the investigatorsreported in Medicine (2015;94:e594).Vitamin D deficiency was independentlyassociated with a significant 81%increased risk of UTI.

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