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Rickets Diagnosis

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How is rickets diagnosed?

A blood test may be done to measure the amounts of the minerals calcium and phosphorus. X-rays of the affected bones are obtained and a musculoskeletal examination reveals tenderness or pain of the bone itself, rather than in the joints or muscles. In some occasions, a bone biopsy, in which a small sample of bone tissue is removed for analysis, also may be needed to confirm the diagnosis.

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Other tests that are helpful in diagnosing rickets are:

  1. PTH
  2. Urine calcium
  3. Calcium (ionized)
  4. ALP (alkaline phosphatase) isoenzyme

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kasadiekay

Hey everyone! I am 19 years old and I was born with Rickets. I couldn't walk but I could only crawl backwards. so my mom took me to several hospitals to figure out was wrong with her baby girl. no doctor could ever find out what was wrong with me. Then someone told my mom about the Shriners Hospital which has a bone center in Shreveport Louisiana. They are the best hospital I have ever been to! I have had a mickey-G-tube in my stomach for vitamins, tubes up my nose, I used to have to take shots every day to help me grow, and also 5 surgeries on my legs to help straight my bowed legs out. They would always bow again and come out negative but when I was in the seventh grade I had my last final surgery to straight my legs and ever since then I am doing great! Shriners Hospital is an amazing hospital and I would advise any young child to go there for help they inspired me and made me want to go to college to become a nurse and work there one day to help kids in need just like they help me.

Rickets

Please help me i am a poor man and i have rickets problem please help me.

shadmah

please may i know the differential diagnosis of rickets

vanna21

hiii im a 21 year old female I have Hypophosphatemic rickets I have never had any operations im trying to see how to go about doing so any tipss??

cif12

Do you have deformities?

jennacismowski

I am 22 years old [girl] with hypophosphatemia, i had a surgery when i was 14 years old to close the growth plates in my knees to stop any more bowing in my legs. if you live close, at all, to California, UCSF is awesome. i am currently in a study for a new drug for treatment of this disease and so far, the drug has been helping me a lot. i still have a lot of bone pain and joint pains, but it does seem to be helping.

nee_naw95

Hey I am an 18 year old female and I am in the same situation. I have currently been getting more sharper pains my legs and find it really difficult to walk. Although I don't know whether to get the operation if it is just for cosmetic reasons.

Sana17

i am 17 turning 18 this year, i had an operation last august on my left leg due to rickets and had metal plates placed in, this august i am having surgery again so that they can take the metal out, and then the same procedure is taking place on my right leg and then next summer theyre taking the metal plate out on right leg, they adjusted the alignment, i didnt realise alot of people have rickets until i saw this

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