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Nutritional rickets is increasingly diagnosed in children of ethnic origin
  1. E Odeka,
  2. J Tan
  1. Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Road, Oldham OL1 2JH, UK;

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We noted with interest the article published by Ladhani and colleagues1 highlighting the problem of vitamin D deficiency. We agree that this remains a problem, especially in “at risk” ethnic minority groups.

In Oldham, which has a population of 49 992 children, 20.8% are Asians (Census 2001). Between December 2002 and March 2004, we identified nine cases of hypocalcaemia/rickets secondary to vitamin D deficiency. We excluded those with vitamin D deficiency secondary to other …

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