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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Rachitis (Overview)

Rachitis, also called rickets, is a condition whereby the bones are weakened and grow poorly due to not having enough vitamin D, phosphate, or calcium.


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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. Bernard Seif
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Rachitis (Overview)

Rachitis, also called rickets, is a condition whereby the bones are weakened and grow poorly due to not having enough vitamin D, phosphate, or calcium.


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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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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

Dr. Linda DiMeglio
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Rickets (Definition)

Inadequate sun exposure causes rickets which is vit d deficiency. Impairs bone mineralization in kids ...Read more