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Transcript of Rickets
The Doctor will prescribe calcium, phosphorus, or vitamin D replacement supplements to eliminate most symptoms of rickets.
Thickened wrists and ankles
Symptoms of Ricket's:
Bracing may be used to help reduce, prevent, and fix any deformities. Depending on how serious the patient's condition is will determine if they need corrective surgery.
Rickets happens when the body doesn't receive enough Vitamin D, calcium, and/or phosphate.
WHAT IS RICKET'S?
Because Vitamin D helps the body control calcium and phosphate levels, if the Vitamin levels were to become too low, the body may produce hormones that cause calcium and phosphate to be released from the bones. This leads to weak and soft bones.
What causes Ricket's?
X-ray of Ricket's
While a doctor may use a physical exam to reveal tenderness or pain in the bones. The following tests may help diagnose rickets:
Arterial blood gases (Measurement of O2, CO2, and pH of blood)
Serum calcium Blood Test (Tests the amount of Calcium in blood
Bone biopsy (Removing a piece of bone for testing)
Bone x-rays (A picture to look at bones)
Serum phosphorus (Testing the amount of phosphate in the blood)
Tests and Exams
Signs of Ricket's include:
Pain in the spine, pelvis and legs
Diet Recommendations: These foods are rich in Vitamin D-
The Sun is another natural source of Vitamin D. It is a good idea to go out as often as possible for exercise and vitamins. This will help prevent Ricket's
Link to video about Ricket's: http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/osteomalacia-and-rickets-causes-and-symptoms.html#lesson
Did you know?
That rickets is growing in infants. Many mothers do not know that while breast milk is good for the child, it doesn't always provide enough Vitamin D. Once these babies start to walk and put weight on their bones they were too weak and would bow out.
Most common where?
Rickets is most commonly found in undeveloped countries. It is not very common here in the US because we have good sources for vegetables and milk.