Children with nutritional rickets referred to hospitals in Copenhagen during a 10-year period
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
Volume 92, Issue 1, pages 87–90, January 2003
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Pedersen, P., Michaelsen, K. and Mølgaard, C. (2003), Children with nutritional rickets referred to hospitals in Copenhagen during a 10-year period. Acta Paediatrica, 92: 87–90. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2003.tb00475.x
- Issue published online: 2 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2007
- Received Jan. 15, 2002; revision received July 15, 2002; accepted Aug. 7, 2002
- vitamin D
Aim: To describe the prevalence of nutritional rickets among children admitted to three large paediatric departments in the Copenhagen area during a 10 y period. Methods: Retrospective analysis of cases identified from the diagnosis registers fulfilling the diagnostic criteria for nutritional rickets. Results: Forty cases were identified, distributed in two distinct age groups: 0.5–4 y (n= 31) and 9–15 y (n= 9). All cases were immigrants, of whom 95% were born in Denmark. The main symptoms in the younger age group were bowed legs and clumsy walk, and in the peri-pubertal group were painful joints. Two children had generalized convulsions. None of the cases had received vitamin D supplementation.
Conclusion: Nutritional rickets is still present among immigrants in Denmark, and it is likely that the prevalence of mild cases is high. Prevention through vitamin D supplementation is important, but requires a dedicated health education effort.