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Rachitis In Children
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer