Rickets. Rickets is a metabolic bone disease of children which is usually caused by severe vitamin d deficiency, but can also have other causes, like calcium or phosphorus deficiencies in addition to other genetic causes. Exclusive to the young child, it is mostly the result of poor bone mineralization.
Young children . Exclusively a metabolic bone disease of young children, rickets is the result of poor bone mineralization most often associated with nutritional vitamin d deficiency. This causes soft bones. Aside from nutritional deficiencies there are also known genetic diseases which may also cause rickets.
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...