Is nutritional rickets returning?

Allgrove, J.
August 2004
Archives of Disease in Childhood;Aug2004, Vol. 89 Issue 8, p699
Academic Journal
The article presents information on nutritional rickets. Rickets is a relatively rare condition in western societies and when it presents, is often associated with some form of metabolic disturbance of vitamin D metabolism, which may be primary or secondary or a defect in renal tubular function. However, over the past few years several reports have appeared which have suggested that nutritional rickets is reappearing in Great Britain and North America in a variety of ethnic groups. Some reports have suggested that rickets that occurs in Great Britain is seen in patients of black or Asian origin and it is well recognized that the darker skin color of these ethnic groups is a contributing factor to the high incidence of nutritional vitamin D deficiency.


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