Osteomalacia - Diagnosing rickets
NHS Choices Medical Reference
If your doctor suspects rickets, they may carry out a:
Physical examination - to check for any obvious problems with your child's skeleton, including any pain and tenderness coming from the bones.
Medical history - your GP will discuss your child's medical history, diet, family history and any medication that your child is currently taking.
Blood tests - if rickets is suspected your GP may do some blood tests to measure levels of calcium, phosphorous and vitamin D.
X-ray - your child may have standard X-rays of their bones and a special X-ray called a bone densitometry scan ( DXA scan), which measures the calcium content of the bones.
Blood supplies oxygen to the body and removes carbon dioxide. It is pumped around the body by the heart.
Enzymes are proteins that speed-up and control chemical reactions, such as
digestion, in the body. X-ray
An X-ray is a painless way of producing pictures of inside the body using radiation.
January 28, 2010
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