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South African Medical Journal

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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).



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