Low serum retinol is associated with increased severity of measles in New York City children

Nutr Rev. 1992 Oct;50(10):291-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.1992.tb02467.x.


Children with no known prior vitamin A deficiency exhibited a significant decline in their serum retinol levels during the acute phase of measles. This decline in circulating retinol was associated with increased duration of fever, higher hospitalization rates, and decreased antibody titers.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Humans
  • Measles / blood
  • Measles / complications*
  • Measles / drug therapy
  • New York City
  • Vitamin A / blood
  • Vitamin A / therapeutic use
  • Vitamin A Deficiency / complications*


  • Vitamin A