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Femoral and tibial stress fractures associated with vitamin D insufficiency
  1. James Inklebarger1,
  2. M Griffin2,
  3. M J D Taylor2 and
  4. R B Dembry3
  1. 1Regional Rehabilitation Unit, Colchester Garrison, Colchester, UK
  2. 2School of Biological Sciences, University of Essex, Colchester, UK
  3. 3Primary Care Rehabilitation Facility, Duchess of Kent Barracks, Catterick Garrison, UK
  1. Correspondence to Maj R B Dembry, Primary Care Rehabilitation Facility, Duchess of Kent Barracks, Catterick Garrison, DL9 4DF, UK; rachel.dembry176{at}mod.uk

Abstract

We describe a case highlighting the need to consider hypovitaminosis-D when investigating background causation and treatment of femoral and tibial stress fractures. The case also suggests that prescribing calcium and vitamin D supplementation may help with fracture healing in soldiers presenting with stress fractures who may have unrecognised hypovitaminosis-D which if left untreated may delay fracture healing.

  • Received April 30, 2013.
  • Accepted May 15, 2013.

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  • Received April 30, 2013.
  • Accepted May 15, 2013.
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