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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 53 (2011) 6, 365 - 370

Case report

Can I have some sunshine to cheer me up? Vitamin D deficiency and depression in the elderly

S.C. Stalpers-Konijnenburg, R.M. Marijnissen, A.B. Gaasbeek, R.C. Oude Voshaar

Vitamin D deficiency is very common in the elderly, and the geriatric patient is probably at even greater risk. Vitamin D plays an important role in calcium homeostasis; recent studies point to a possible causal link between vitamin D deficiency and the development and severity of depression. In this article we focus on an 80-year-old patient with depression and severe vitamin D deficiency and give advice on the diagnosis and treatment of vitamin D deficiency. To supplement the current multidisciplinary guidelines on depression, we recommend routine testing of serum vitamin D level prior to confirming the diagnosis of depression in the elderly.

keywords depressie, ouderen, vitamine D-deficiëntie