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Xerophthalmia and vitamin A deficiency in an autistic child with a restricted diet
  1. Mimi Chiu1,
  2. Stephanie Watson1,2
  1. 1Save Sight Institute, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  2. 2Department of Paediatric Medicine, Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  1. Correspondence to Dr Mimi Chiu, ccmchiu{at}


We report the ocular and systemic manifestations of vitamin A deficiency in a child with a complicated medical history including autism and a restricted diet, living in a developed country. This child had significant vitamin A deficiency despite being under long-term medical care, yet the diagnosis was not considered until he had an ophthalmology review for visual deterioration.

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