Comment: Seizures as the presenting feature of rickets in an infant

Christopher T Cowell
Med J Aust 2003; 178 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05294.x
Published online: 5 May 2003

Comment: Nutritional rickets is highly prevalent in countries such as Mongolia, Tibet and China1 where winter sunlight is reduced and there is no universal vitamin D supplementation. Paradoxically, rickets is also prevalent in developing countries in the tropics and subtropics where sunlight is unlikely to be a limiting factor. Low calcium intakes (including vegetarian diets), prolonged breast feeding, and covering of the skin may all contribute.2,3


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