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Vitamin K DeficiencyVitamin K Deficiency

Vitamin K is a group of lipophilic, hydrophobic vitamins that are needed for the posttranslational modification of certain proteins, mostly required for blood coagulation but also involved in metabolism pathways in bone and other tissue.

Symptoms of Vitamin K Deficiencies

Vitamin K is known to be needed to coagulate blood and to maintain proper bone density. It plays a key role in proper development of the fetus. Deficiencies of vitamin K have been linked to:

Vitamin K Sources
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding*
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Hematuria (blood in the urine)
  • Nosebleeds
  • Eye hemorrhages
  • Anemia
  • Gum bleeding
  • Prolonged clotting times
  • Hematomas
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Ovarian Hemorrhaging
  • Easy bruising
  • Purpura
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fractures
  • Hypercalciuria
  • Liver Cancer
  • Calcification of soft tissue,
    especially heart valves

Birth defects linked directly to vitamin K deficiencies include:

  • Underdevelopment of the nose,
    mouth and mid face
  • Shortened fingers
  • Cupped ears
  • Flat nasal bridges

The following birth defects have been linked to
anticonvulsant drugs, which block vitamin K:

Vitamin K Benefits
  • Epicanthal folds
  • Flat nasal bridge
  • Short noses
  • Variety of craniofacial abnormalities
  • Neural tube defects
  • Mental retardation
  • Learning disabilities
  • Long, thin overlapping fingers
  • Hypertelorism
  • Upslanting palpebral fissures
  • Microcephaly
  • Cardiac abnormalities
  • Distal digit hypoplasia
    (shortened pinkie fingers)
  • Growth deficiency

 

 

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