Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp 211–214 | Cite as

Rickets as a complication of intravenous hyperalimentation in infants

  • D. H. Binstadt
  • P. R. L'Heureux


Fifteen newborn infants developed roentgenographic evidence of rickets while on long-term intravenous hyperalimentation. In each instance, the initial diagnosis of rickets was suggested on the chest roentgenogram, where characteristic cupped and frayed upper humeral metaphyses were noted; subsequent knee and wrist roentgenograms substantiated these findings. Factors which may have predisposed to the development of rickets include inadequate doses of vitamin D, prematurity and a rapid change in body weight during hyperalimentation therapy.

Key words

Rickets Hyperalimentation, complications Infants, premature 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. H. Binstadt
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. R. L'Heureux
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Minnesota HospitalsMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologySt. John's HospitalSpringfieldUSA

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