VITAMIN K DEFICIENCY

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vitamin-k-letter-fbVitamin K occurs in sufficient abundance in most green leafy vegetables to make any serious deficiency of this vitamin rather than uncommon.When an insufficient amount of it is eaten or absorbed ,however an increased tendency to hemorrhage develops.

Its deficiency exists most commonly in newborn infants , in people with jaundice or in those whose testinal absorption of digested food is poor.

CAUSES OF VITAMIN K DEFICIENCY

Apart from the deficiency related to a lack of dietary vitamin  deficiency may be due to certain diseases mainly those of the digestive tract, intestinal diseases (chronic diarrhea, stomach surgery or gastrointestinal tract, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, for example), liver or pancreas (insufficient enzyme production) or cystic fibrosis.Prolonged use of antibiotics is also a common cause. Genetic diseases are relatively rare.In case of hemorrhagic disease of the newborn,it is actually a part of a this vitamin deficiency but also a lack of maturity of the liver.

SYMPTOMS OF VITAMIN K DEFICIENCY

1-Hemorrhages occurs due to its deficiency.

2-Sometimes clearly visible bleeding from the skin and nose or sometimes more discreet bleeding in the digestive tract occur.When bleeding is chronic ,anemia appears (decrease in hemoglobin in the blood).

WHAT TO DO?

-Ensuring  that a prospective’s mother diet contains an abundance of  this vitamin is the best way to prevent its deficiency.

-If a new born baby show tendency to hemorrhage ,have a physician take charge of the case immediately.

-Injections of it may prove to be the most helpful remedy.

 

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