Which physical findings are characteristic of hypophosphatemic rickets?

Updated: May 02, 2018
  • Author: James CM Chan, MD; Chief Editor: Sasigarn A Bowden, MD  more...
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Affected newborns have normal weight, but infants may show growth retardation. Intellectual development is unaffected. Widened joint spaces and flaring at the knees may become apparent in children by their first birthday, particularly in boys. When a child begins to stand and walk, bowing of the weight-bearing long bones quickly becomes clinically evident. Dentition may be absent or delayed in very young children; older children may experience multiple dental abscesses.


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