Rickets is a skeletal disorder that results from a lack of vitamin D, calcium, or phosphate. These nutrients are important for the development of strong, healthy bones. People with rickets can have weak and soft bones, stunted growth, and, in severe cases, skeletal deformities. It is a condition that affects bone development in children.
HOW IS RICKETS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Rickets depends on physical examination of symptoms. The general physician may check for tenderness of bones and order for tests to confirm diagnosis. Blood tests to check arterial blood gases levels, measuring levels of calcium and phosphate are ordered to diagnose rickets. X-rays are performed to test for bone deformities.
HOW IS RICKETS TREATED?
In addition to calcium and Vitamin D supplements patients would be advised to increase their intake of foods that high in Vitamin D such as milk and eggs. Exposure to sunlight would also be advised.
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In some cases of bowlegs or spinal deformities, special bracing to position child's body is recommended while more severe skeletal deformities might require surgery.