[Deficiency rickets in an adolescent girl]

Arch Fr Pediatr. Jun-Jul 1985;42(6):443-5.
[Article in French]


The authors report the case of a 14 year-old adolescent girl presenting with rickets due to vitamin D deficiency. This rare condition has already been described in young immigrants coming from Asia and North Africa. Most often, symptoms consist of diffuse pains, with radiologic signs of skeletal demineralization and/or signs of bone resorption. Evolution is favourable under vitamin treatment. This condition seems to be induced by an increased requirement for vitamin D at time of adolescent growth spurt. It is promoted by the lack of sunlight and the skin pigmentation. It is likely that a number of these deficiencies are undiagnosed and recover spontaneously.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Radiography
  • Rickets / diagnosis
  • Rickets / diagnostic imaging
  • Rickets / etiology*
  • Vitamin D Deficiency / complications*
  • Vitamin D Deficiency / diagnosis