Adult Nutritional Osteomalacia in Black Patients

  • YK Seedat
  • D North-Coombs

Abstract

Three patients suffering from nutritional osteomalacia are described. Nutritional osteomalacia is rare in Southern Africa, in spite of diets with low vitamin D content, because of the high solar irradiation of the skin. All 3 patients responded biochemically and radiologically to small doses of vitamin D. In 1 patient the radiological changes of secondary hyperparathyroidism are described; this feature is uncommon in nutritional osteomalacia. The possible reasons for nutritional osteomalacia in Blacks are discussed.

S. Afr. Med. J., 48, 1309 (1974).

Author Biographies

YK Seedat
Department of Medicine, University of Natal and King Edward vm Hospital, Durban
D North-Coombs
Department of Medicine, University of Natal and King Edward vm Hospital, Durban
Published
2018-03-17
Section
Articles

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eISSN: 0256-95749
print ISSN: 2078-5135