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Osteopenia, osteoporosis or brittle bone disease--differences?

Osteopenia, osteoporosis or brittle bone disease--differences?

Genetic or not: Brittle bone disease is an inherited disorder of bone that is called osteogenesis imperfecta. Osteopenia and osteoporosis are disease of the bone where there is decrease density of the bone. This is associated with age, hormonal change, medications, smoking and other issues. Basically the bone cells are out of balance and take away more bone than they replace. ...Read more

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Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Where does osteoporosis cause bone fractures?

Where does osteoporosis cause bone fractures?

Spine & hips mostly: With osteoporosis, most any bone might be affected, but mostly fractures tend to occur in the spine and upper leg bones (hips). If you are a woman 65 years or older, or have other risk factors like being thin, check with your primary health provider to see about being screened for osteoporosis. A good source for proven prevention tips is an iphone app called my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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Is brittle bone disease genetic?

Is brittle bone disease genetic?

Usually: Osteogenesis imperfecta is a disorder of brittle bones. There is an abnormality in collagen 1 function, and so you are not able to make bones or other connective tissue structures correctly. This is why people often have "blue sclera" because the collagen is abnormal. Most cases are genetic, but a new mutation (not inherited) can be seen (about 35%). ...Read more

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Can a radionuclide bone scan miss degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and osteopenia?

Can a radionuclide bone scan miss degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and osteopenia?

Yes: The bone scan shows areas of active bone deposition as "hot". Osteopenia won't be diagnosed as this denotes loss of bone density. Degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis may not be demonstrated if they are insufficient to cause a bone response (healing or what is medically called an osteoblastic response). ...Read more

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Hypermobile, poor healing, broken bones from cycle accidents. Need tests for brittle bone disease?

Hypermobile, poor healing, broken bones from cycle accidents. Need tests for brittle bone disease?

Collagen issue: Sounds more like a collagen issue. Unfortunately there not a treatment for poor collagen like there is for osteo-porosis. Still worth getting bone density, electrolytes, and hormones checked. (thyroid, para thyroid). ...Read more

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Metabolic bone disease v. Osteoporosis, what's the difference?

Same thing: Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disease. There are many other metabolic bone diseases. Metabolic bone disease is a catagory of disease. ...Read more

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Can brittle bone disease be fatal?

Yes it could be: Some new born die during delivery because they have so many fractures during delivery. (osteogenesis imperfecta). ...Read more

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Brittle bone disease ..Advice any treatment?

Brittle bone disease ..Advice any treatment?

Symptom relief: There is no cure since it is a genetic disease, but regular weight-bearing exercise to prevent bone loss, a diet rich in calcium and vitamin d, and sometimes even vitamin supplements will help. Bisphosphonates are a group of drungs that can increase bone density, but they have side effects. ...Read more

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Can bone marrow transplantation cause early aging?

Can bone marrow transplantation cause early aging?

Not likely.: This is usually done by pbsc harvest or peripheral blood stem cell harvest, after being administered a shot of CSF or colony stimulating factor to help get them in the blood. Then they are administered to the recipient in hopes that the graft will take. Although there might be some side effects with this, most notably from the recipient, like gvhd, etc., aging does not appear to be one of them. ...Read more

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Is there a natural cure for osteoporosis, weak bones fractures, bone thinning?

Is there a natural cure for osteoporosis, weak bones fractures, bone thinning?

Nothing fast: Calcium and vitamin d and weight bearing exercise can strengthen bones. However, these treatments take a long time to improve bone health. If you have significant osteoporosis, they likely will not work fast enough to prevent fractures. There is no natural treatment that can rapidly treat osteoporosis. Hormone therapy in postmenopausal women can help, but most don't consider this natural. ...Read more

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Can a bone deficiency cause bone spurs?

Can a bone deficiency cause bone spurs?

No: Generally, a bone deficiency or osteoporosis is not a a cause of bone spurs (AKA osteophytes) but age related degeneration (osteoarthritis and/or tendinosis) is. ...Read more

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Is osteogenesis imperfecta a bone disease and disorder?

Is osteogenesis imperfecta a bone disease and disorder?

Yes: Osteogenesis imperfecta, or oi for short, is caused by genetic mutations of certain collagen genes. There are a number of types, and the severity can range from lethal shortly after birth to quite mild. Bone fractures, sometimes dental problems, and sometimes hearing loss can occur. The oi foundation is a great source of information: http://www.Oif.Org/site/pageserver. ...Read more

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Can Fosamax (alendronate) cause a TMJ bone disorder?

Can Fosamax (alendronate) cause a TMJ bone disorder?

Doubtful: I know of fosamx causing other issues in the head and neck area but never heard it causing specific pathology's of the tmj. If there is TMJ discomfort and Fosamax (alendronate) is involved, it could be a domino effect and the drug didn't actually cause tmj, but TMJ symptoms came about from another pathology. ...Read more

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What diseases cause alveolar bone loss?

Too many: There are too many causes to list here. These range from systemic diseases to issues related to oral hygiene. Medications and diet may also play a role. It is best to speak with the practitioner who made the diagnosis and to look at your individual risk factors. ...Read more

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Is low bone density indicative of osteoporosis?

Is low bone density indicative of osteoporosis?

Not by itself: A low bone density usually indicates osteoporosis but a small number of people may have osteomalacia, a condition in which there may be a normal amount of bone but it is poorly minerlized. Bllod tests can distinguish the two problems. ...Read more

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Do brittle bones from osteogenesis imperfecta hurt?

Do brittle bones from osteogenesis imperfecta hurt?

The broken ones hurt: Osteogenesis imperfecta patients have weakened, brittle bones. The bones break easily and broken bones are painful. A patient appearing in pain should be checked for a new fracture. A person with o.I. Without fractures, probably does not have bone pain, unless he has some areas of small-scale bone damage from over-movement, stress, or pressure. O.I. Specialists can better evaluate such a patient. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Thompson
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Bone Diseases (Definition)

Any disease process that affects the skeletal system. Some can be metabolic, such as osteoporosis; others can be infectious, ...Read more


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Osteoporosis (Definition)

A condition in which bones ...Read more