Does rickets affect children differently than adults?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Because rickets is caused by a vitamin D deficiency that leads to weak bones, it affects children differently than adults. For infants and children whose bones are still growing, rickets can lead to permanent skeletal and dental deformities, especially if left untreated. In adults, rickets is called osteomalacia, which may lead to weakness in the spine, pelvis, or legs and easily broken bones.

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