Short stature: making a crystal clear diagnosis.J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab 2019; 32(10):1187-1191JP
Background Short stature is a common presentation in paediatric practice. Rickets can lead to poor growth and finding the underlying cause of rickets can, at times, be challenging. Case presentation The child was initially referred due to parental concerns of delayed walking, bowed legs, waddling gait and faltering growth. She was noted to have features of rickets. Bone profile and renal functions were reported to be within the normal range, however, on later review it was noted that adult values for inorganic phosphate had been given for reference ranges. Following a series of investigations, the underlying diagnosis for all her problems was made. Discussion This case demonstrates the complex diagnostic journey of a child whose presentation was not typical of the rare disorder. Unusually, the patient had no symptoms of polyuria or polydipsia and urine osmolality was normal.