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Prevalence of rickets at the age of 12 months. A study of appropriately developed for gestational age but premature infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6541811     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A prospective study to determine the prevalence rates of rickets, as determined by clinical, biochemical and radiological examinations performed at the age of 12 months in preterm infants of low birth weight and full-term control infants of mothers in lower socio-economic classes, was carried out. Clinical rickets was suspected in 5 cases. Biochemical and/or radiological evidence of rickets was not evident in any of the infants studied, although 4 infants showed radiological evidence of osteopenia. Serum alkaline phosphatase and 25-hydroxycholecalciferol levels showed significant seasonal variations. Serum zinc and copper levels were within normal ranges for age. The true prevalence rate of rickets during infancy among the prematurely born or full-term infants in Cape Town is not known. The findings of our study show that as long as the mother utilizes the available community health services her infant should not develop nutritional rickets by the age of 12 months.
H de v Heese; D Westcott; C Ryder; B J Cremin; L Jakubiec; J M Pettifor
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde     Volume:  66     ISSN:  0256-9574     ISO Abbreviation:  S. Afr. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1984 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-11-26     Completed Date:  1984-11-26     Revised Date:  2014-09-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404520     Medline TA:  S Afr Med J     Country:  SOUTH AFRICA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  604-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Infant, Low Birth Weight
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature
Pilot Projects
Prospective Studies
Rickets / epidemiology*
South Africa

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