Vitamin E is an antioxidant. Deficiency may occur in some malabsorption syndromes, eg. Crohn’s disease and rare disorders of fat metabolism. Vitamin E deficiency is usually characterised by neurological problems due to poor nerve conduction (presentation of ataxia is typical).
Malabsorption syndromes Patients on parenteral nutrition Neurological investigations
Male 13.0-36.2 umol/L
SST (gold top), serum (red top) or heparin (green top)