• Cystic fibrosis;
  • haemorrhagic disease;
  • vitamin K;
  • vitamin K deficiency

Appearance of PIVKA-II (protein induced by vitamin K absence-II) in serum is a biochemical sign of insufficient vitamin K-dependent carboxylation of prothrombin. Plasma concentrations of PIVKA-II and vitamin K1, were determined in 24 children with cystic fibrosis. Eight were supplemented with vitamin K1. The purpose of the study was to determine the occurrence of vitamin K deficiency in cystic fibrosis and to evaluate the effect of vitamin K supplementation. PIVKA-II was detectable in only one unsupplemented child. In this patient, the concentration of vitamin K1 was below the limit of detection of 60 ng/l. Vitamin K1 levels in the other unsupplemented children were normal (mean 476 ng/l= 1 mmol/l). The supplemented patients showed extremely high levels of vitamin K1 (mean 22 445 ng/l = 50 nmol/l). In conclusion, vitamin K deficiency occurs infrequently in cystic fibrosis. Checking the coagulation system is advised, but routine vitamin K supplementation is not recommended. If additional vitamin K is needed, the starting dose should not exceed 1 mg daily.