Rickets is one of those conditions many people think do not exist anymore. Certainly it was more common in the past but it can and does still occur today. It is caused by a lack of calcium and vitamin D. More often it occurs in children but adults can also be struck down by the condition. We tend to get our vitamin D from sunlight, but it occurs in some foods as well. Therefore most children who get out and about regularly and have a good diet should not be affected by rickets. Some foods – particularly cereals – will have enough vitamin D in them to help prevent this from occurring.
If these two things are not present in large enough quantities rickets can present itself. It usually leads to weaker bones and they can bend because they are not strong enough to hold the body. This is why rickets can easily lead to bowed legs. If rickets is diagnosed in a child the GP will usually recommend a few changes to the diet to ensure they receive a larger dose of vitamin D and calcium to strengthen the bones. Sometimes the condition can be genetic and in this case alternative treatments may also be recommended.
What could occur if there was a failure to diagnose rickets?
As with many diseases and conditions, rickets can be treated more successfully if it is caught at an early stage. This holds true regardless of whether you are an adult or a child when the condition presents itself. If the condition is missed or not diagnosed – this is rare but it can happen – the bones of the body can fail to develop properly in children. Adults would experience soft bones which can in turn lead to problems with movement and pain.
Consult the professional injury compensation lawyers at Accident Advice Helpline now
While it is rare to come across cases where there has been a failure to diagnose rickets, it can certainly happen. If you have been involved in a case like this, it is a good idea to get in touch with the experts at Accident Advice Helpline now. The sooner we can find out the facts of your situation and what occurred when, the sooner we can determine whether you have cause to start a no win, no fee* case with our help. Call our 24/7 enquiry line on 0800 689 0500 completely free today.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Medical negligence claim