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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 48-52

Vitamin D serum level and its correlation in obsessive–compulsive disorder

Department of Neuro Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
MBBCH Mohamed Y Mohamed
Neuropsychiatry MD, Psychiatry PhD, Lecturer of Psychiatry, Okasha Institute of Psychiatry, a WPA Collaborating Center for Training and Research in Psychiatry Faculty of Medicine, Ain Shams University, Cairo, 1187
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ejpsy.ejpsy_21_21

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Background and aim Vitamin D has a long-known critical function in calcium metabolism and its role in proliferation, differentiation, and immunomodulation. A lot of studies report that low vitamin D serum level might be a risk factor contributing for the development of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD). The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of sociodemographic factors on vitamin D and assess how prevalent is the hypovitaminosis D and its relation with OCD. Patients and methods In this study, data were collected from 50 participants of OCD males aged from 18 to 40 years. Vitamin D serum levels of participants in this study were measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kit. Results There is no significant relation regarding vitamin D level and OCD symptom severity found in our study. There is no statistically significant difference between participants of case group with low vitamin D levels (deficient and insufficient) in relation to OCD symptoms and severity. Conclusion There is a relation between low vitamin D serum level and OCD. However, there is no relation between vitamin D serum level, symptoms, or severity of OCD.

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