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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Rachitis (Overview)

Rickets, 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.


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What can I do to not get rachitis?

What can I do to not get rachitis?

If you mean...: ...Rickets, the most common type is a vitamin d deficiency. Vitamin d is made in the skin by sunlight, and is also present in fish and milk. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Rachitis (Overview)

Rickets, 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.


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What are the presenting symptoms of rachitis?

What are the presenting symptoms of rachitis?

You mean "rickets?": Vitamin d deficiency presents with soft, under-mineralized bones, especially at growth plates; "beaded" rib tips and widened wrists and ankles are usually the earliest signs. If you mean "orchitis, " that's testicular inflammation, with swollen painful testicles. ...Read more

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What are the tests for rachitis?

What are the tests for rachitis?

= rickets: Blood tests for 25-hydroxy vitamin d, alkaline phosphatase, calcium and phosphorus; wrist xray to look for widening. A trial of vitamin d supplementation will distinguish deficiency rickets from resistant rickets. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for rachitis?

What is the treatment for rachitis?

= rickets: Vitamin d supplementation for the common deficiency rickets. Vitamin-d-resistant rickets is more complicated. ...Read more

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Can hereditary rickets be prevented? My family has a genetic kidney disorder that causes rickets. Is it possible to take steps to prevent my children from getting rickets this way?

Can hereditary rickets be prevented? My family has a genetic kidney disorder that causes rickets. Is it possible to take steps to prevent my children from getting rickets this way?

There : There are multiple kinds of kidney associated hereditary rickets that all have different patterns of inheritance. Many are "autosomal recessive" which means that the child must get an affected gene from each parent in order to have the disease. Some are x-linked which means that women carry the gene and men get the disease. The other type is "autosomal dominant" which means that you only need one gene to have the disease and that gene can come from either parent. The best thing to do is discuss your type of family rickets with your doctor. They may refer you to a genetic counselor to discuss the risk of your children in developing the disease. Prevention depends on what kind of rickets run in your family, your gender, whether you have the disease or are a carrier, and who the partner is with whom you want to have children. ...Read more

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What are the tests for rachitis?

= rickets: Blood tests for 25-hydroxy vitamin d, alkaline phosphatase, calcium and phosphorus; wrist xray to look for widening. A trial of vitamin d supplementation will distinguish deficiency rickets from resistant rickets. ...Read more

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What can I do to not get rachitis?

If you mean...: ...Rickets, the most common type is a vitamin d deficiency. Vitamin d is made in the skin by sunlight, and is also present in fish and milk. ...Read more

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What are the presenting symptoms of rachitis?

You mean "rickets?": Vitamin d deficiency presents with soft, under-mineralized bones, especially at growth plates; "beaded" rib tips and widened wrists and ankles are usually the earliest signs. If you mean "orchitis, " that's testicular inflammation, with swollen painful testicles. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Rachitis?

What is the definition or description of: Rachitis?

Rachitis=: Rickets, 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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My daughter has rachitis. How will this affect her?

Rickets: This is a vitamin d deficiency, causing improper mineralization of the skeletal bones. It can be nutritional or due to resistance or dependence of vitamin d. Diagnosis can be blood tests and xrays. Treatment is oral vitamin d and plenty of sunshine. Lack of treatment leads to soft bones and easy fractures. If untreated during major growth years, bowing of long bones and other skeletal deformities. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for rachitis?

= rickets: Vitamin d supplementation for the common deficiency rickets. Vitamin-d-resistant rickets is more complicated. ...Read more

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If i was born with rachitis, could it affect me now in any ways? I lose a lot of hair, would that have anything to do with the rachitis?

Dysraphism?rickets?: I am unsure what condition you are suffering from. Is it a spinal dysraphism where the spinal canal is not fully closed or is it a disease of vitamin d deficiency rickets? Both should be managed by experts, a pediatric spine surgeon for dysraphism or an endocrinologist for the rickets. ...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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What is rickets?

Soft bones: Rickets is a disorder of children caused by a lack of vitamin D, calcium, It leads to softening and weakening of the bones. Usually caused by lack of sunlight or dietary intake. Rarely it can be caused by a genetic disorder or from those who have disorders that prevent absorption of minerals and vitamins Similar disorder in adults is called osteomalacia ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptome of rickets?

What are the signs and symptome 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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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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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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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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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