Rickets and Osteomalacia Review

  • Jeanne Delgado


Bone growth and mineralization require adequate amounts of calcium and phosphate from childhood throughout adolescence. When deficiencies of these occur, long bone thinning can lead to the characteristic bowing of rickets and fractures of osteomalacia. Identification of the cause of the deficiency can be genetic or nutritional. Timely management can prevent complications that could lead to motor developmental delay or orthopedic intervention of skeletal deformities.


Rickets Osteomalacia Vitamin D Calcium Phosphate Parathyroid hormone Rachitic rosary 

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© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeanne Delgado
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  1. 1.Children’s National Medical CenterWashington, DCUSA

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