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December 2011, Volume 41 Number 12 , p 68 - 68


  • Debra Castner MSN, RN, ACPN, CNN


Debra Castner, MSN, RN, ACPN, CNN, replies: At the point when patients with CKD need renal replacement therapy (dialysis), virtually all of them have mineral and bone disorder (MBD), which includes vitamin D deficiency.1 Vitamin D deficiency in a person with CKD is a complex disorder. Effects of CKD-MBD include proximal myopathy, soft-tissue and vascular calcification, bone disease, and pruritus.2Some experts consider vitamin D a steroid hormone, while others consider it similar to a hormone due to its pathway of molecular activation and mechanism of action. Vitamin D must be converted to physiologically active compounds in the kidneys. Vitamin D helps to increase the calcium absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and to regulate calcium deposited in the bones. This vitamin also stimulates some limited calcium absorption in the kidney. Because patients with CKD can't transform vitamin D to its active form, they may need a medication containing active vitamin D (calcitriol, also called

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