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Is osteomalacia different from rickets?

Is osteomalacia different from rickets?

Yes and no: Normal bone growth and mineralization require adequate calcium and phosphate. Rickets refers to deficient mineralization at growth plates, whereas osteomalacia refers to same deficiency at bony matrix. They usually occur together, however, once growth plates have fused, only osteomalacia occurs. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda DiMeglio
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Rickets (Definition)

A disorder marked by inadequate or defective mineralization of the skeleton, resulting in soft or fragile bones. When the disease occurs in children, it is known as rickets and tends to ...Read more


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What problems have to do with vitamin d deficiency other than rickets, osteoporosis and osteomalacia?

What problems have to do with vitamin d deficiency other than rickets, osteoporosis and osteomalacia?

Malabsorption: Certain malabsorption syndromes can lead to this. Also certain areas in the world who lack essential vitamins. Also people who do not eat a healthy diet. All adults should take 1000 international units of vitamin d daily. Hope this answers your question. ...Read more

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Are there any kids with rickets in the U.S. nowadays?

Are there any kids with rickets in the U.S. nowadays?

Hard to find: Rickets requires a deficiency of vitamin D to extremely low levels. The usual RDA of 400 u per is designed to totally prevent this condition and vit D is usually added to milk. I imagine there are a few kids somewhere in the USA with extreme diets (enforced by well meaning parents) or with severe malabsorption problems who might have the condition. But I have not heard of them yet. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have. Rickets?

How do you know if you have. Rickets?

Can't miss it: Exclusively seen in young children, rickets occurs for different reasons, but most commonly in this country - vitamin d deficiency. Bones faily to properly mineralize so legs may become bowed as bones soft. The toddler might have leg pain and refuse to walk. The soft spot on top of the head of a baby may not close on time. Rickets are easily identified on long bone x-rays and through blood tests. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: rickets?

What is the definition or description of: rickets?

Rickets: is a clinical condition caused by Vitamin D deficiency. Vit D is necessary for proper calcium/phosphorus metabolism and bone growth/maintenance. Symptoms can include bow-leggedness, weakness, pain, and delayed growth. ...Read more

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Can snake bites cause rickets?

Can snake bites cause rickets?

No: Metabolic problems with vitamin d, phosphorus and or calcium metabolism are the origin of rickets.Whether a deficiency or abnormal handling of the materials, this complex disease has nothing to do with snake bites. ...Read more

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Can DEXA scan detect osteomalacia?

Can DEXA scan detect osteomalacia?

Osteomalacia: No. A Dexa detects osteoporosis, or decreased amount of bone matrix. Osteomalacia is an abnormal type of bone, soft bones, abnormal building process. You can have both osteoporosis/malacia, so dexa is still done in the workup to measure the amount of bone. Vit D deficiency, GI disorders that cause malabsorption, kidney disease, liver disease, certain drugs... all are part of the differential. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of rickets?

What are the signs and symptoms of rickets?

Multiple symptoms: May include the following: leg, spine and/or hip pain, poor growth, bowed legs, protruding breast bone, muscle pain, delayed walking or refusal to walk, thickened wrists/ankles, bumps along the ribs. ...Read more

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Which specialist should I see to treat rickets?

Which specialist should I see to treat rickets?

Peds endocrinologist: Pediatric endocrinologists are specialists trained to diagnose and treat rickets. Rickets is a metabolic bone disease seen exclusively in children. ...Read more

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How can unbalanced diet cause the rickets and anaemia?

How can unbalanced diet cause the rickets and anaemia?

Not enough vitamins: Rickets is due to not enough vitamin d which you can get from sun exposure or dairy products. Microcytic anemia may be due to lack of iron (more typically from blood loss) while macrocytic anemia may be due to lack of folate and/or vitamin b12, found in fruits, vegetables & whole grains. That's why it's so important to eat a varied diet including the colors of the rainbow each day! ...Read more

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What population group face the highest risk for osteomalacia?

What population group face the highest risk for osteomalacia?

Osteomalacia: This is a bone disorder characterized by impaired bone mineralization and impaired growth usually seen in children leading to "bowed legs" and bone and muscle pain, stunted growth. Basic problem is vitamin d deficiency. There are several causes of vitamin d deficiency. Lack of sun shine being one of those! ...Read more

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When a girl has rickets, what are the effects?

When a girl has rickets, what are the effects?

Bone deformities: Rickets is due to deficiency of vitamin d and causes soft weak bones. Deformities of the ribs, forehead, lower legs are common. The illness is easily treatable with vitamin d. ...Read more

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What causes infants to be born with osteomalacia?

What causes infants to be born with osteomalacia?

Osteomalacia: Means soft bones and refers to a failure of boney matrix to appropriately ossify, or form healthy calcified bone. Some genetic predispositions. ...Read more