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How do medications treat rickets?

Medications are not usually given to treat rickets. The aim of treatment is to replenish vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus in the body through dietary changes and supplements. Hypophosphatemic rickets, which is a hereditary condition, usually requires supplements of phosphorus and an active form of vitamin D. Occasionally surgery is required to address skeletal deformities.

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Is there a cure for rickets?
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