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    Objective: To compare the diagnosis of NB through the use of the standardized interview of the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO) with electroretinography, and also to evaluate the association of these diagnoses with serum concentrations of retinol in class III obesity individuals. Methods: Adult patients of both genders, in the 20-60 age group, with BMI ≥ 40 kg/m² were studied. NB was diagnosed through electroretinography and the standardized interview validated by the WHO/PAHO. Serum level of retinol was quantified by the HPLC-UV method, and VAD was diagnosed when levels were <1.05 µmol /L, and severity was also evaluated. Statistical analysis was carried out through the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, version 21.0 (p < 0.05). Results: Mean BMI was 44.9  11.8 kg/m², and a negative correlation was found in serum levels of retinol (p= 0.01). The prevalence of VAD, according to the serum concentrations of retinol, was 14%, and of this percentage 23.3% had NB according to the standardized interview, and 22.0% according to electroretinography. NB diagnosed by both methods showed an association with VAD according to the serum concentrations of retinol. Of these individuals with NB, according to the standardized interview, 6.9% showed severe VAD, 10.3% moderate VAD and 82.8% marginal VAD. Conclusion: The standardized interview for the diagnosis of NB can be a good strategy to evaluate the nutritional status of vitamin A, and it is a simple, non-invasive and low-cost method.


    Sílvia Pereira, Carlos Saboya, Patrícia Jesus, Sabrina Pereira da Cruz, Andréa Ramalho. Diagnosis of night blindness through standardized interview and electroretinography. Nutricion hospitalaria. 2020 Feb 17;37(1):155-159

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    PMID: 31746623

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