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Getting tested for brittle bone disease?

Getting tested for brittle bone disease?

Should be done: Osteogenesis imperfecta 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%). There are 8 major types, and these can be tested for. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Osteogenesis Imperfecta (Definition)

A condition causing extremely fragile bones. Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a congenital disease, meaning it is present at birth. It is frequently caused by defect in the gene that produces type 1 collagen, an important building block of bone. There are many different defects that can affect this gene. The severity of OI depends on ...Read more


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Will you grow out of brittle bone disease?

??: Not really sure what you mean if it is osteogenesis imperfecta the answer is no if it osteoporosis or it's lesser cousin osteopenia the answer is no so looks like the answer is no. ...Read more

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Can I get my baby tested for brittle bone disease?

Can I get my baby tested for brittle bone disease?

Severe cases evident: The more severe cases are evident before birth by ultrasound & or neonatal x-rays. Classification of lesser forms are based on age of first symptoms or specialized testing. My last case involved a skin biopsy and analysis of enzyme production in a specialty lab. Have your dr locate a genetics department at a med school or children's hospital if you want to pursue this testing. They can set it up. ...Read more

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What is the medical name for brittle bone disease?

What is the medical name for brittle bone disease?

Osteoporosis: In the elderly (mainly) we refer to loss of bone structure as osteoporosis. Untreated hypothyroidism can lead to bad bone issues. Vitamin d deficiency and calcium defiency can lead to a problem called rickets which is associated with weakened bones, rare in the usa, but common in some developing countries. Other disorders can be listed as well. ...Read more

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How is one tested for brittle bone disease and what is it?

How is one tested for brittle bone disease and what is it?

Osteogenesis OI: There are at least eight recognized forms of osteogenesis imperfecta, check with your medical doctor he will guide though that for that. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to grow out of brittle bone disease?

Can it be possible for you to grow out of brittle bone disease?

Need specifics: The term brittle bones covers several disorders so you have to be specific. If you mean osteoporosis, it is treatable but you do not outgrow it. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Brittle bone disease?

Osteoporosis: Typical brittle bone disease is due to loss of mineralization of normal bone and can be diagnosed by regular x-rays. It is uncommon in men, in which case other diseases and conditions may be suspected, such as malabsorption, or other systemic disease. In women, it is common after menopause. ...Read more

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What's the difference between osteoperosis and brittle bone disease?

Osteoporosis vs OI: Osteoporosis is when the bone becomes weak due to age and decreased calcium metabolism. The bone canal (central portion) becomes wide and thus the bone becomes weak. We usually see osteoporosis is postmenopausal women and older patients. Brittle bone disease is known as osteogenesis imperfecta and is a genetic disorder. ...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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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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What is brittle bone disease called?

OI: Osteogenesis imperfecta. There are several types of the disease. Type 1 is mild disease. Type iii is the one in which people are most affected. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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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What is the treatment for brittle bone disease?

Symtomtic treatment: We have to treat people according the fractures they have. ...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


Dr. Linda DiMeglio
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Brittle Bone Disease (Definition)

Typical brittle bone disease is due to loss of mineralization of normal bone and can be diagnosed by regular x-rays. It is uncommon in men, in which case other diseases and conditions may be suspected, such as malabsorption, or other systemic disease. In women, it ...Read more