Osteomalacia and Rickets: Causes and Symptoms


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A 75-year-old male patient at your clinic has a history of prolonged (chronic) and severe kidney disease. You notice that on the blood tests he has clear-cut anemia. This is likely because your patient's kidneys can no longer produce a hormone known as EPO as a result of the kidney disease. In addition, your patient complains of newly developed pain in the hips, and you notice something else occurring in the newest bloodwork that may be related to the kidney disease. What would the bloodwork likely show you?

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1. How can we figure out the levels of vitamin D in our body?

2. _____ are at risk of getting rickets, while _____ are at risk of getting osteomalacia.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Your understanding of the causes of and treatment for osteomalacia will be assessed in this quiz. Test your knowledge about the laboratory tests and the signs and symptoms of osteomalacia with the practice questions.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test you on your comprehension of osteomalacia, including:

  • Signs and symptoms of osteomalacia
  • The difference between osteomalacia and rickets
  • How to measure vitamin D in the blood
  • Identifying the steps involved in formation of biologically active vitamin D

Skills Practiced

Use this assessment to test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about vitamin D in a different light
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast osteomalacia and rickets
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about determining the levels of vitamin D in our bodies

Additional Learning

Vitamin D is essential for good health. Review the lesson titled Osteomalacia and Rickets: Causes and Symptoms to understand more about the importance of vitamin D. This lesson covers:

  • Defining osteomalacia and rickets
  • Causes of osteomalacia and rickets
  • Clinical signs, symptoms, and diagnostics
  • Treatment and prevention