What are the radiologic signs of dietary rickets?

Updated: Jun 19, 2020
  • Author: Horacio B Plotkin, MD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Fractures occur in older infants and toddlers with overt rickets and can be seen using radiography. Of note, the fractures do not resemble nonaccidental trauma fractures. [3]

Radiologic features include widening of the epiphysial plate, cupping, and deformities in the shaft of long bones. Of note, radiographs of the costochondral junction are not useful in the diagnosis of rickets. The healing process is characterized by broadened bands of increased density.


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