How are dietary rickets treated?

Updated: Jun 19, 2020
  • Author: Horacio B Plotkin, MD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Jatinder Bhatia, MBBS, FAAP  more...
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Different treatment modalities are available for nutritional rickets. Oral doses of 5,000-15,000 IU/day of vitamin D for 4 weeks are generally safe and effective. If compliance cannot be assured, 100,000-500,000 IU can be given orally or intramuscularly every 6 months or 600,000 IU may be given in a single intramuscular dose. Calcium intake must be optimized at the same time. Calcium, phosphorus, and parathyroid hormone concentrations should normalize within 1-3 weeks. Radiologic lesions and clinical symptoms improve rapidly with treatment, although alkaline phosphatase levels may remain elevated for several months after radiologic resolution.


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