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Rickets


Other Names for this Disease
  • Hypovitaminosis D
  • Nutritional rickets
  • Vitamin D deficiency disease
  • Vitamin-D deficiency rickets
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Overview

Rickets is a condition that causes children to have soft, weak bones. It usually occurs when children do not get enough vitamin D, which helps growing bones absorb important nutrients. Vitamin D comes from sunlight and food. Skin produces vitamin D in response to the sun's rays. Some foods also contain vitamin D, including fortified dairy products and cereals, and some kinds of fish.[1]
Last updated: 7/26/2013

References

  1. Rickets. MedlinePlus Web site. September 9, 2007; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/rickets.html. Accessed 4/14/2008.
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Basic Information

  • Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Rickets. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
  • MedlinePlus was designed by the National Library of Medicine to help you research your health questions, and it┬áprovides more information about this topic.
  • The Office of Dietary Supplements provides more information on vitamin D. You can view this information by clicking on the Office of Dietary Supplements link.

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Hypovitaminosis D
  • Nutritional rickets
  • Vitamin D deficiency disease
  • Vitamin-D deficiency rickets
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.