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Rickets, Vitamin D Deficiency


Synonyms of Rickets, Vitamin D Deficiency
  • Nutritional Rickets
  • Rickets
  • Vitamin-D Deficiency Rickets

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Vitamin-D deficiency rickets, a disorder that becomes apparent during infancy or childhood, is the result of insufficient amounts of vitamin D in the body. The vitamin deficiency may be caused by poor nutrition, a lack of exposure to the sun, or malabsorption syndromes in which the intestines do not adequately absorb nutrients from foods. Vitamin D is needed for the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus in the body, which, in turn affects how calcium is deposited in the bones; thus it is considered essential for proper bone development and growth. Major symptoms of vitamin D deficiency rickets include bone disease, restlessness, and slow growth. This disorder is rare in the United States but is not uncommon in certain areas of the world.
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    Organizations related to Rickets, Vitamin D Deficiency
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • NIH/National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse
      2 Information Way
      Bethesda MD 20892-3570
      Phone #: 301-654-3810
      800 #: 800-891-5389
      e-mail: nddic@info.niddk.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.niddk.nih.gov
    • XLH Network (UK)
      Elpha Green Cottage
      Northumberland None NE47 9UT
      Phone #: 44 -(0)- 1434 685047
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: Larry@XLHNetwork.org
      Home page: http://www.xlhnetwork.org
    • XLH Network Inc.
      4562 Stoneledge Lane
      Manlius NY 13104
      Phone #: 315-682-2659
      800 #: --
      e-mail: info@xlhnetwork.org
      Home page: http://www.xlhnetwork.org



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