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Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Other Names for this Disease
  • Hypovitaminosis D
  • Nutritional rickets
  • Vitamin D deficiency disease
  • Vitamin-D deficiency rickets
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Tests & Diagnosis

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How is rickets diagnosed?

Rickets is typically diagnosed using specific blood tests and x-rays. Blood tests usually show low levels of calcium and phosphorus and high levels of alkaline phosphatase. Bone x-rays may show areas with calcium loss or changes in bone shape. Bone biopsies are rarely performed, but can confirm the diagnosis of rickets.[1]
Last updated: 7/26/2013

  1. Van Voorhees BW. Rickets. MedlinePlus Web site. August 18, 2008; Accessed 4/14/2008.