Is kyphosis equal to rickets?


A child is one of the most important family members. Parents always pay great attention to the growth of their baby. Especially bone skeleton development is one of the parents pay great attention to. Rickets and kyphosis(hunchback) are the most common bone diseases in it. Many parents associate rickets with rickets. Is kyphosis equal to rickets? If not, what is the difference between them?

Is kyphosis equal to rickets?

Certainly not, kyphosis not equal to rickets.

What is kyphosis (hunchback)?

Kyphosis(hunchback) often occurs in the elderly, also appears in the young people. Adolescent bones contain a variety of organic compounds, which contribute to bone toughness and plasticity. If someone does not pay attention to sitting and walking posture in adolescent growth stages, it is easily prone to deformation and hunchback. In the next article, we will introduce more detail about kyphosis.

Is kyphosis equal to rickets?

What is rickets?

Rickets is a comprehensive vitamin D deficiency bone disease. You may also check Rickets causes and symptoms for detail.

Rickets main symptoms:

  1. Constitutional symptoms of rickets.

    The Early stage of rickets symptoms: Children have irritability, irritability, restless sleep, night terrors, night crying, sweating and other neuropsychiatric symptoms in the early stage in rickets. Because of the sweat stimulation, the baby shakes his head and swipe the pillow when they sleep and lose their hair in the posterior part of the head.

    The middle stage of rickets symptoms: With the progression of the disease, the muscle tension getting low, the joint ligament lose their tension, and the abdomen is enlarged, such as frog abdomen. Children’s activities will be stunted and late walk independently.

    Severe rickets symptoms:  severe rickets often accompanied by anemia, hepatosplenomegaly(liver enlargement), malnutrition, decreased systemic immunity. Children prone to diarrhea, pneumonia, and easy to relapse even they cured. Low calcium cramping (tetany) will occur if children with hypocalcemia. The patient’s neuromuscular excitability increased, this will induce facial and hand muscle convulsions or generalized convulsions. This attack will last a few minutes or present intermittent episodes. Severe convulsions can cause laryngeal spasm and asphyxia.

  2.  Skeleton deformation in rickets.

    With the progression of the disease, skeletal changes occur, especially in the active phase of rickets. Skeletal changes are related to age, growth rate and the degree of vitamin D deficiency.

    Kyphosis is only one manifestation of the bone change in rickets, But that doesn’t mean kyphosis is rickets.


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