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High prevalence of Somali population in children presenting with vitamin D deficiency in the UK
  1. G Modgil1,
  2. B Williams2,
  3. G Oakley2,
  4. C P Burren1
  1. 1Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol, UK
  2. 2Montpelier Health Centre, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gita Modgil, Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Paul O’Gorman Building, Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol BS2 8BJ, UK; gitamodgil{at}doctors.org.uk

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There is a resurgence of vitamin D deficiency rickets in the UK and other developed countries.1 Well described in at-risk ethnic groups such as Asian and Afro-Caribbean populations, it is now increasingly reported in other minorities. Bristol has the most diverse ethnicity in the West Country, and ethnic minority groups living there increased by 62% from 1991 to 2001,2 attracting large numbers of Somali refugee populations. Latest estimates reveal a provisional figure of 1814 black Somali children in Bristol.3 To our knowledge, no secondary care study has specifically examined the demographics and clinical characteristics of paediatric Somali populations with vitamin D deficiency.

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