Vitamin A Deficiency Follow-up

Updated: Dec 21, 2021
  • Author: George Ansstas, MD; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Further Inpatient and Outpatient Care

Further inpatient care

Patients with VAD seldom need to be admitted to the hospital unless they also have a serious associated condition. Patients with sepsis, severe dehydration, and/or metabolic derangements should be admitted to the hospital.

Further outpatient care

Follow-up care with a primary care physician is recommended.


Inpatient & Outpatient Medications

Patients should take oral vitamin A at prescribed doses until the deficiency resolves.



Liver, beef, chicken, eggs, whole milk, fortified milk, carrots, mangoes, orange fruits, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, and other green vegetables are among foods rich in vitamin A.

Eating at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day is recommended in order to provide a comprehensive distribution of carotenoids.

A variety of foods, such as breakfast cereals, pastries, breads, crackers, and cereal grain bars, are often fortified with 10-15% of the RDA of vitamin A.