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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

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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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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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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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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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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How do rickets disrupt homeostasis in the body?

Vit D deficiency: Rickets is the bony manifestation of vitamin d deficiency in childhood. Vit d deficiency has many effects. The incidence of vit d insufficiency has doubled from 1994 to 2004. An air pollutant, cadmium, which has become more toxic since the removal of lead from gasoline breaks down 25-oh vitamin d. Low calcium, phosphorus, elevated alkaline phosphatase , neuromuscular irritability result. ...Read more

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Is being an african-american a risk factor for rickets?

Yes: Dark skinned individuals need more sunlight exposure compared to light skinned ones. ...Read more

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What is rickets? When do girls grow plate close? If it is a late bloomer, wheb dose it close?

VitD Deficiency16-17: Richets is skeletal abnormality in childhood as a result of vitd deficiency and lack of calcium.The bones get soft and causes deformity and fractres. Growth plate in girls close around 16 to 17 years of age. ...Read more

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What is rickets disease?

A bone growth prob.: Rickets refers to deficient mineralization of the growth plates of bone. It can be predominantly related to either deficiency of calcium or phosphorus. It is commonly treated with adequate nutrition and vitamin d therapy. ...Read more

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Why did kids use to get rickets?

They still do: Rickets is a metabolic bone disease of children which is usually the result of severe vitamin d deficiency, but can also have other causes. Vitamin d deficiency remains common, particularly with spending more time indoors and using sunscreen (which is necessary because skin damage from the sun can cause skin cancers). Please see your child's doctor for relatively new vitamin d recommendations. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of rickets?

What are the symptoms of rickets?

Abnormal bones: Rickets is caused by severe deficiency of vitd. It causes poor growth, bone pain and bone abnormalities such as scoliosis and bowed legs. ...Read more

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How does rickets affect the body?

Poor mineralization : Longstanding untreated rickets results in greenstick fracture, bowlegs, kyphosis (hunchback), short stature, and rarely infantile tetany. The muscles are poorly developed with low tone. ...Read more

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When are at risk of developing rickets?

When are at risk of developing rickets?

Most cases in kids: Rickets is a softening of the bones caused most often by vitamin d deficiency, but calcium deficiency can also be a cause. Most cases occur in children often in the setting of malnutrition. Lack of sunlight exposure has lead to an increase in incidence of rickets. The term for the adult form is osteomalacia. ...Read more

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How does rickets disease affect organs?

Mostly bones: Rickets mostly causes problems in the bones- they are weak and do not form straightly and are less hard than normal Low vitamin D- that causes rickets can also cause a lot of other things like low mood and energy and risk for infection ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more