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Ultraviolet irradiation for hepatic rickets.
  1. S W Kooh,
  2. E A Roberts,
  3. D Fraser,
  4. J Curtis,
  5. G Jones,
  6. J L Weber,
  7. B J Reilly
  1. Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


    An infant with chronic cytomegalovirus hepatitis and a child with atypical Alagille's syndrome had vitamin D deficiency rickets due to malabsorption. Both received ultraviolet irradiation. This treatment corrected biochemical abnormalities and healed the rickets. In the infant use of a sunlamp at home maintained normal 25 hydroxy-vitamin D for over a year. Our study shows that ultraviolet irradiation is an effective treatment of hepatobiliary rickets.

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