Distribution and Incidence

Because tetany has so often been confused with tetanus, very few data are available on the geographic distribution of the disease. It probably occurs worldwide in the temperate zones, with the highest frequency of neonatal tetany among bottle-fed, black, and prematurely born infants. An abundance of year-round sunshine and, hence, vitamin D may have the effect of reducing the incidence of infantile tetany in the tropics. The incidence of neonatal tetany recorded at New York Hospital between 1940 and 1958 was between 1 per 500 and 1 per 700 births.

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