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Deficiency of vitamin K

Deficiency of vitamin K. It may lead to bleeding, manifested with ecchymoses, petechiae, and hematomas. In infants it may cause hemorrhagic disease of newborn with intracranial and retroperitoneal bleedin

Symptoms of Deficiency of vitamin K

The following features are indicative of Deficiency of vitamin K:
  • bruising
  • petechiae
  • hematomas
  • oozing of blood at surgical or puncture sites
  • stomach pain
  • risk of massive uncontrolled bleeding
  • cartilage calcification
  • severe malformation of developing bone
  • deposition of insoluble calcium salts in the walls of arteries
  • underdeveloped face, nose, bones and fingers of infants

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Common Causes of Deficiency of vitamin K

The following are the most common causes of Deficiency of vitamin K:
  • disturbed intestinal uptake
  • bile duct obstruction
  • accidental intake of a vitamin K1-antagonist such as warfarin
  • nutritional vitamin K1 deficiency

Risk Factors for Deficiency of vitamin K

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Deficiency of vitamin K:
  • coronary heart diseases
  • severe aortic calcification
  • prominently found in postmenopausal woman
  • elderly women at higher risk

Prevention of Deficiency of vitamin K

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Deficiency of vitamin K. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • intake of vitamin K enriched diet particularly green vegetables

Occurrence of Deficiency of vitamin K

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Deficiency of vitamin K cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Common between 1 - 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Deficiency of vitamin K can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Deficiency of vitamin K can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Deficiency of vitamin K

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Deficiency of vitamin K:
  • Blood clotting test: To assess blood clotting functions in patients
  • Prothrombin time: Blood test to measure how long it takes blood to clot

Complications of Deficiency of vitamin K if untreated

Yes, Deficiency of vitamin K causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Deficiency of vitamin K is left untreated:
  • intracranial hemorrhage
  • can be fatal

Self-care for Deficiency of vitamin K

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Deficiency of vitamin K:
  • Intake of vitamin K enriched diet: Diet particularly enriched with green vegetables should be taken while dealing with vitamin K deficiency

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Deficiency of vitamin K

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Deficiency of vitamin K:
  • Vitamin K supplementation: Useful to cope up with chronic conditions of vitamin K deficiency

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This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
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