Vitamin D deficiency masquerading as metastatic cancer: A case series

Jawaad S. Khokhar, Allan S. Brett, Ami Desai

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Patients with vitamin D deficiency can present with nonspecific bone pain and findings on radionuclide bone scanning that may suggest metastatic malignancy. In this report, we present 4 such cases, in which clinicians initially pursued diagnoses of metastatic malignancy and did not consider vitamin D deficiency and osteomalacia in the differential diagnosis. Eventual recognition of vitamin D deficiency and provision of supplementation resulted in prompt resolution of symptoms for each patient. In appropriate cases, timely consideration of a diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency can mitigate the anxiety associated with undergoing an evaluation for cancer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-247
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2009


  • Osteomalacia
  • Radionuclide imaging
  • Vitamin D deficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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