Aim: To evaluate the clinical fi ndings, risk factors, therapy and outcome in 946 children with nutritional rickets.
Patients and methods: This retrospective study included a review of medical records of patients with nutritional rickets between March 2004 and 2009. Patients who displayed both the biochemical inclusion criteria and the clinical signs/symptoms or radiological signs of rickets were included in the study.
Results: The present study included 946 patients aged between 4 months and 15 years. Distribution of the cases showed a density between December and May. The age at diagnosis, showed two peaks and most of the patients were in the age range 0–23 months and 12.0–15 years. In infants and young children, most of the patients had been admitted to the hospital due to infectious diseases. In older children, short stature and obesity were the most common complaints.
Conclusion: Children aged between 0–23 months and 12.0–15 years were under most risk for nutritional rickets, especially in winter and spring and vitamin D should be given to them as supplementation dose.
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