Persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) are at
increased risk of vitamin D deficiency, abnormalities
in parathyroid hormone, and heterotopic bone
formation. The purpose of this study was to explore
the relationships among these conditions. We studied
96 patients with SCI and found an increased risk of
elevated parathyroid hormone with deficient vitamin
D. Furthermore, the presence of elevated parathyroid
hormone led to risk of heterotopic bone formation.
Abnormal bone formation in joints such as the hip or
knee can contribute to pain and decreased mobility in
patients with SCI.
Volume 50 Number 9, 2013
Pages 1177 — 1186
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