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    Rickets

    Rickets is a rare disease that results in soft, weak, and pliable bones. It is caused mainly by a lack of vitamin D.

    Rickets most commonly affects children, who may have low vitamin D levels due to poor diet or a condition (such as celiac disease) that makes it difficult for the body to absorb vitamin D and calcium.

    Rickets can lead to bone deformities such as bowlegs, knock-knees, an enlarged skull, and an abnormal curve in the spine. It also can cause weakness.

    Last Revised: May 29, 2012

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jerry S. Trier, MD - Gastroenterology

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