Severe osteomalacia in a patient with idiopathic chronic pancreatitis

Kurtulmus N., Yarman S., Tanakol R., Alagol F.

SCOTTISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, vol.50, no.4, pp.172-173, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 50 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/003693300505000411
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.172-173
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


We report a 30-year-old woman who was confined to a wheelchair because of severe myopatly. She was first seen by a neurologist because of a convulsive syndrome of unknown etiology when she was nine. She was started on anticonvulsive drugs but the drug was stopped when her serum calcium level was found to be very low. She had a history from childhood of steatorrhea and abdominal pain after a fatty meal and became vegetarian at age five years. She worked in a hospital as a nurse and at home her living room received no direct sunlight. As a result of these conditions osteomalacia progressed. We believe an awareness of chronic pancreatitis (CP) during childhood could have prevented the consequences of the disease in this case.