Osteopetrorickets: infantile malignant osteopetrosis paradoxically complicated by rickets


This 6-month-old girl presented with intermittent esotropia and a bulging fontanelle. CT head demonstrated significant thickening of the calvaria and facial bones. Subsequent radiographic skeletal survey revealed diffuse sclerotic bones with obliteration of the marrow cavity with a bonein-bone appearance in the small bones of the hands and feet, consistent with osteopetrosis. Additional findings included diffuse metaphyseal cupping and fraying, widening of the physes, and periosteal new bone formation along the long bones (Figs. 1 and 2). Radiographic features along with clinical and biochemical findings were consistent with superimposed rickets. Rickets is a paradoxical complication of infantile osteopetrosis resulting from inability of osteoclasts to maintain a normal calcium-phosphorus balance, despite markedly positive total body calcium. Bone marrow transplantation is the therapy of choice for osteopetrosis; however, the clinical response to bone marrow transplantation is inadequate if there is underlying rickets. Hence, it is important to detect and successfully treat rickets in these patients prior to bone marrow transplantation [1, 2].

DOI: 10.1007/s00247-009-1398-z

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@article{Biyyam2009OsteopetroricketsIM, title={Osteopetrorickets: infantile malignant osteopetrosis paradoxically complicated by rickets}, author={Deepa R. Biyyam and Stephen L. Done}, journal={Pediatric Radiology}, year={2009}, volume={40}, pages={782-782} }