Rickets Glossary

Dr. Reeja Tharu
Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team  on Aug 05, 2013
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Dental caries - a destructive process causing decalcification of the tooth enamel and leading to continued destruction of enamel and dentine, and cavitation of the tooth.

Fat-soluble vitamins - any vitamins that are soluble in fats or fat solvents. These vitamins are absorbed by the body from the intestinal tract and follow the same path of absorption as fat and any condition interfering with the absorption of fats would result in poor absorption of these vitamins as well.

Hormone - a chemical substance produced in an organ, which, carried to an associated organ by the blood stream, influences its functional activity.

Osteomalacia - another name given to rickets when it occurs in adults.

Osteoporosis - abnormal porousness or rarefaction of bone by the enlargement of its canals or the formation of abnormal spaces.

Parathyroid gland - One of the four small glands on the lateral lobes of the thyroid.

Pectus carinatum - a skeletal deformity that is a symptom of rickets which is also called pigeon chest which involves forward projection of breastbone.

Pectus excavatum - a skeletal deformity that is a symptom of rickets which is also called funnel chest.

Rachitic rosary - bumps in the rib cage, which is also a symptom of rickets.

Renal osteodystrophy - dwarfism associated with osteoporosis following prolonged renal insufficiency in early childhood.

Rickets - vitamin D deficiency that results in softening and weakening of bones in children.

Scoliosis – lateral curvature of spinal column.

Steatorrhea - problem of malabsorption in which the body is unable to absorb fats, and they are passed directly out the body in the stool.

Tubular acidosis - disorder in which there is an increased amount of acid in the body fluids as a result of congenital or acquired kidney disorders.

Kyphosis - hump or forward bending of the spine

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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.


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


please may i know the differential diagnosis of rickets


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??

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.


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.

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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