Rickets

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Background

  • Preventable condition in infants and children that is attributed to Vitamin D deficiency
  • Extreme deficiency leading to decrease bone mineralization in children, with or without hypocalcemia
  • Risk factors for Vitamin D deficiency in infants include:
    • Exclusive breastfed infants without vitamin D supplementation
    • Dark skin pigmentation
    • Maternal Vitamin D deficiency
      • In utero, 25-hydroxyvitamin D passes through the placenta to the infant

Clinical Features

  • Peak incidence between 3 and 18 months of age
  • Enlarged skull, joints of long bones, and rib cage
  • Curvature of the spine and femurs
  • Generalized muscle weakness

Differential Diagnosis

Evaluation

Management

  • Prevention key:
    • For healthy infants, children, and adolescents recommend a vitamin D intake of at least 400 IU/day

Disposition

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