Pediatric Nephrology

, Volume 25, Issue 12, pp 2509–2516

Vitamin D deficiency and parathyroid hormone levels following renal transplantation in children


  • Shamir Tuchman
    • Children’s National Medical Center
  • Heidi J. Kalkwarf
    • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Babette S. Zemel
    • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Justine Shults
    • Department of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsUniversity of Pennsylvania
  • Rachel J. Wetzsteon
    • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Debbie Foerster
    • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • C. Frederic Strife
    • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    • Department of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsUniversity of Pennsylvania
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00467-010-1612-0

Cite this article as:
Tuchman, S., Kalkwarf, H.J., Zemel, B.S. et al. Pediatr Nephrol (2010) 25: 2509. doi:10.1007/s00467-010-1612-0


The objectives were to determine the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency [25(OH)D < 10 ng/ml] in pediatric renal transplant (RTx) recipients, compared with controls and identify correlates of changes in 25(OH)D and intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) levels following transplantation. Serum 25(OH)D, 1,25(OH)2D, and iPTH were measured once in 275 healthy controls and at transplantation, and 3 and 12 months posttransplantation in 58 RTx recipients. Multivariate logistic regression models determined the odds ratio (OR) of vitamin D deficiency in RTx recipients vs. controls adjusted for age, sex, race, and season. Generalized estimating equations were used to assess changes following transplantation. At transplantation, 22% of nonblack and 27% of black RTx recipients were vitamin D deficient. The adjusted OR of vitamin D deficiency was greater in RTx recipients (p < 0.001) compared with controls; however, the transplant association was greater in nonblack vs. black individuals (interaction p = 0.02). Overall, 25(OH)D levels did not change significantly following transplantation. Younger age (p < 0.01), nonblack race (p < 0.001), visits in nonwinter months (p < 0.001), and supplementation with ≥400 IU/day ergo/cholecalciferol (p < 0.001) were associated with increases (or lesser declines) in 25(OH)D following transplantation. Increases in 25(OH)D levels (p < 0.001) and vitamin D supplementation (p < 0.01) were associated with greater reductions in iPTH levels following transplantation, independent of 1,25(OH)2D levels.


Renal transplantationVitamin DParathyroid hormoneChildrenChronic kidney disease

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