Hypophosphatemic Rickets is a hereditary disorder that is caused defective absorption of calcium and responsiveness to vitamin D. Formation of teeth and bones depends largely on the calcium content in blood. Symptoms vary within the same family. Common symptoms are:
• Slow growth
• Short stature
• Bone pain
• Bowed legs
• Knock knees
• Premature fusion of skull bones
• Dental abnormalities
HOW IS HYPOPHOSPHATEMIC RICKETS DIAGNOSED?
A paediatrics expert would be able to see these through the USG and also at birth. Bone testing, calcium and similar blood tests are done along with growth monitoring.
HOW IS HYPOPHOSPHATEMIC RICKETS TREATED?
Treatment for such patients includes regular supply of calcium along with vitamin D in a monitored environment. In some cases, Osteotomy is essential to repair the damage caused to the bone and the relevant tissues though it may actually not help you with the treatment of the problem.
DID YOU KNOW?
In adults affected by Hypophosphatemic Rickets, diagnosis is done to check for oncogenic rickets.