A doctor may diagnose rickets by:
- Blood tests:
- Serum calcium may show low levels of calcium, serum phosphorus may be low, and serum alkaline phosphatase may be high.
- Arterial blood gases may reveal metabolic acidosis
- X-rays of affected bones may show loss of calcium from bones or changes in the shape or structure of the bones.
- Bone biopsy is rarely performed but will confirm rickets.
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