KHURSHEED N. JEEJEEBHOY, M.B., B.S.; MOSHE SHIKE, M.D.
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To the editor: The article by Ott and associates (1) ascribing metabolic bone disease to aluminum toxicity has used data from our study (2): They state, "Those investigators sent us bone sections from their patients, which we stained for aluminum. Four patients with symptomatic osteomalacia had positive results of aluminum stains, whereas seven asymptomatic patients had negative results. Although the patients were on total parenteral nutrition solutions free of aluminum, . . ." This statement and its interpretation are incorrect, for the following reasons:
We had only three symptomatic patients, not four, as stated in their paper. The correct number
JEEJEEBHOY KN, SHIKE M. Aluminum and Metabolic Bone Disease. Ann Intern Med. ;99:733–734. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-99-5-733
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1983;99(5):733-734.
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