Calcified Tissue International

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 266–268 | Cite as

Vitamin D deficiency in mothers of rachitic infants

  • Abdelwahab T. H. Elidrissy
  • Saleh H. Sedrani
  • David E. M. Lawson
Clinical Investigations


The existence of nutritional deficiency rickets among infants in sunny Riyadh was confirmed radiologically. Most of the rachitic infants were breast-fed, some received unsupplemented infant feeding formulae, and all live in an environment that is devoid of sunlight. Their mean age at the time of onset was 10.5 months. 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) levels were found to be low in mothers of the rachitic infants. This maternal deficiency as a factor in pathogenesis of rickets in the infant is discussed. Proposals are made to prevent the occurrence of rickets on this scale.

Key words

Rickets 25-Hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) Vitamin D deficiency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Abdelwahab T. H. Elidrissy
    • 1
  • Saleh H. Sedrani
    • 2
  • David E. M. Lawson
    • 3
  1. 1.College of MedicineKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.College of ScienceKing Saud UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.MRC Dunn Nutritional LaboratoryCambridgeEngland, U.K.

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