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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2004 Feb;20(2):126-30.

Variable presentations of rickets in children in the emergency department.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Washington and Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Seattle, WA 98105, USA.


Vitamin D-deficient rickets is uncommon but becoming more prevalent in the pediatric population likely related to increases in breast-feeding. It should be considered in many clinical situations. We present 3 cases of rickets presenting acutely to the emergency department. Their presentations included a fracture concerning for child abuse, tetany, and hypocalcemic seizures. In all cases, laboratory and radiographic evaluations were consistent with the diagnosis of nutritional rickets and their symptoms were related to rickets resolved with appropriate treatment. Although uncommon, vitamin D-deficient rickets should be considered in children with the above presentations.

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