Prognosis of Rickets

The prognosis of rickets is generally positive if the necessary changes are made to the diet and the vitamin D deficiency is remedied. Once the required supplementation is made, bone defects and deformities can heal in a matter of a few months. In severe cases, there may be surgery needed to remedy long-standing symptoms such as bowlegs. However, if rickets is not treated during the growth stage (in children), there is a possibility of permanent deformities in the bones and a short stature. Other complications that may arise in case rickets is left untreated include:

  • Chronic bone pain
  • Deformities of the skeleton
  • Multiple fractures
  • Dental deformities and defects
  • Seizures
  • Pneumonia and other breathing problems due to deformities of the rib cage and chest cavity