The Most Important Consequences of Vitamin D Deficiency.

Deficiency of Vitamin D (Calcitriol)

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Causes of Vitamin D Deficiency

  • Lack of exposure to sunlight. Most common in Muslim women who observe ‘Pardah’.
  • Malabsorption of Vitamin D (Obstructive Jaundice, Steatorrhea).
  • Abnormality of Vitamin D activation mostly in liver & renal diseases.
  • Deficient renal absorption of phosphates.
  • Nutritional deficiency of Calcium or phosphate may produce similar picture.

Consequences of Vitamin D Deficiency

Deficiency of Vitamin D may cause:

  1. Rickets
  2. Osteomalacia
  3. Renal Osteodystrophy


  • It is the clinical manifestation of  Vitamin D deficiency in children.
  • There is under mineralization of bones in children due to less absorption of calcium.
  • There is continued formation of the collagen matrix of  bone, but incomplete mineralization, resulting in soft, pliable and bowing of  bones.


  • Osteomalacia is the clinical manifestation of Vitamin D deficiency in adults.
  • It results from demineralization of bone.
  • Picture shows bowed legs of a man with Vitamin D deficiency which results in malformation of the skeleton.
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