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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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Rickets (Definition)

A condition that causes the bones of children to soften and weaken, usually because of an extreme and ...Read more


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Is osteomalacia different from rickets?

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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 is rickets disease?

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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How is osteomalacia diagnosed?

How is osteomalacia diagnosed?

Osteomalacia: Osteomalacia is abnormal bone formation leading to softening of the bones. Abnormal bowing and increased fracture risk result. It is usually, but not always, due to vit D deficiency. There are multiple causes of vit D deficiency. Diagnosis based on clinical history, blood and urine tests, and characteristic X-ray findings. Sometimes bone biopsy may be necessary. ...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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Is rickets a urable disease in teenagers?

Is rickets a urable disease in teenagers?

Maybe: It is treatable, but depending on the underlying cause it may not be curable. ...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?

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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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What is rickets in breastfeeding?

What is rickets in breastfeeding?

Vitamin D supplement: Rickets is a disease, in this case, caused by vitamin d deficiency. Breastmilk is the perfect nutrition except for the amount of vitamin d. Supplementation of vitamin d is recommended until 4 mo of age, when other stores are depleted and needing a multivitamin with iron supplement. Rickets, itself, starts with boney pain. Infants are not able to tell you that they are in pain. ...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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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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How does rickets affect the body?

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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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Who do you see to diagnose Rickets??

Who do you see to diagnose Rickets??

Your family doctor: Your primary care doctor has truing to diagnose and treat Rickets, ,although rare at 21 . ...Read more

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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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Anyone over the age of 18 with rickets?

No: Rickets is found primarily in young children and cannot occur in older kids and adults who are done growing. Osteomalacia is the term which would be used for older kids and adults. There are distinctly different bone findings in young children with rickets. ...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

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How common is osteomalacia in young men?

How common is osteomalacia in young men?

Osteomalacia: Very rare in young caucasians! some ethnic people southeast asians more prone to it because of their vitamin d deficient diet or lack of sun exposure! rickets is seen in african countries. ...Read more

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What is osteomalacia and how is it treated?

What is osteomalacia and how is it treated?

Carefully: It means a softening of the articular cartilage in joint. Usually mainly knee. It may be inherited or traumatic, and you can't stop it. Protect your joint from stress as in lb/sq ". Jumping increases this a lot, even down a stair, off a tailgate etc. Jogging is repetative trauma and can take it's toll swimming is good exercise . If swollen, gives out grinds, surg clean out may help smoothen it. ...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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Where is the common setting to contract rickets?

Where is the common setting to contract rickets?

Low Vit D: Vitamin d or calcium deficiency can lead to rickets. These days rickets is most often seen in the setting of childhood malnutrition. Risk factors include being black (blacks require more sunlight to synthesize the proper form of vit d) and being breastfed. Other environments where it can be seen is countries where food is not supplemented with vit d and in those with very low sunlight exposure. ...Read more

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What is the disease rickets? Is it still common?

What is the disease rickets? Is it still common?

Very uncommon: Hi. Rickets is pediatric disease that is now very uncommon in the US. The most common cause 100 years ago was vitamin D deficiency (milk wasn't fortified, and many people then, as now, weren't in the sun enough to manufacture their own). Now vitamin D deficiency to the point of rickets is VERY uncommon. There are genetic causes such as Vitamin D receptor mutation/deletion and others. Rare! ...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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What are the symptoms of rickets disease in children?

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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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 much time does it take for osteomalacia to be treated?

How much time does it take for osteomalacia to be treated?

Varies: It varies a lot based upon the underlying cause. Some forms may be simply from a nutritional deficiency and may have a rapid response to nutritional supplementation; some forms may be from kidney disorders and may not have a simple treatment. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how long does it take for osteomalacia to be treated?

Can you tell me how long does it take for osteomalacia to be treated?

In my estimation, at: least it should be 6 months, so the bone turnover can occur. Once you have it, I believe you should be on the Vit D therapy for years and years, initially to replenish your bone stock and later to maintain it. It goes without saying the cause, if any could be identified, should be treated as well. ...Read more

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Why are dark skinned children more susceptible to rickets than fair skinned children?

Why are dark skinned children more susceptible to rickets than fair skinned children?

See below: Dark skinned people cannot make as much vitamin d from sun exposure, as light skin people can. Vitamin d is needed for calcium absorption and bone formation. ...Read more

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My 1 year 8 mnths baby boy is hvng rickets....I want to ask dat whether it will be cured by medicines.....Or ny other things should be done...

Rickets can be cured: Nutritional rickets whether due to calcium, phosphate, or vitamin d deficiency can be cured by giving back what is missing of those 3. Resolving the bine disease generally takes several months. There are other forms of rickets that are inherited due to gene mutations and not curable per se but are very treatable again by giving calcium, phosphate, and/or vitamin d. ...Read more