Rickets

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard

Patient Data

Age: Young child
X-ray

The physes are widened with metaphyseal flaring. Note how the bones are coarse. 

Case Discussion

Typical appearances of rickets in a young child. Rickets is due to decreased synthesis of the active form of vitamin D and has fairly characteristic appearances. It can be considered as osteomalacia in the skeletally immature. 

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