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There is a resurgence of vitamin D deficiency rickets in the UK and other developed countries.1 Well described in at-risk ethnic groups such as Asian and Afro-Caribbean populations, it is now increasingly reported in other minorities. Bristol has the most diverse ethnicity in the West Country, and ethnic minority groups living there increased by 62% from 1991 to 2001,2 attracting large numbers of Somali refugee populations. Latest estimates reveal a provisional figure of 1814 black Somali children in Bristol.3 To our knowledge, no secondary care study has specifically examined the demographics and clinical characteristics of paediatric Somali populations with vitamin D deficiency.
A retrospective, descriptive …