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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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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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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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Are curved spines hereditary?

They can be: You are referring to scoliosis, which is not that uncommon. Scoliosis, like every other medical condition, can be caused by genetic factors, environmental factor (such as nutrition, type of work, etc), or a combination of these. ...Read more

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Can deformed bone be cured?

Can deformed bone be cured?

Depends : [profile indicates possible rheumatoid deformity of hands]. If you have this condition a cure may not be available. But our hand and plastic surgeons do an amazing job in getting the hands looking as close to normal as possible; not just cosmetics, but actual gain in function. Need to be on better meds than Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 200 & mtx 7.5 to slow down further damage. ...Read more

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Can broken or fractured bones heal by themselves ?

Can broken or fractured bones heal by themselves ?

Some can: Some fractures can heal in their own without any medical attention. Other types of fractures will not heal (non Union) or heal in a bad position with a poor outcome (malunion) unless appropriate care is rendered. ...Read more

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Girl child ending 13 years soon ..Phalanges & metacarpels fused..But epephyses of lower end of radius and ulna not fused...Can she grow taller [4.10"]?

Girl child ending 13 years soon ..Phalanges & metacarpels fused..But epephyses of lower end of radius and ulna not fused...Can she grow taller [4.10"]?

Final adult height: What is important also to know if she has a good potential to grow taller is to know how sexually she is mature and what is her bone age. ...Read more

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Will a nondisplaced tibia fracture(not growth plate fracture) change the height of the bone once fully healed?

Will a  nondisplaced tibia fracture(not growth plate fracture) change the height of the bone once fully healed?

NO: Should not be a problem If it is undisplayed fracture with no over ridding and growth plates are not involved Speak to your doctor may have other concerns ...Read more

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Is having abnormal bones (weak bones or fragile) a disability?

NOT NECESSARILY: Which study found the abnormal bone --> x-ray or nuclear medicine bone scan or bone densitometry? We have to have a specific diagnosis before we can say a disability or no disability. ...Read more

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If bones are fused, can you grow taller by increasing spine height? Is there any procedures to get taller after bones plates are fused.?

If bones are fused, can you grow taller by increasing spine height? Is there any procedures to get taller after bones plates are fused.?

Once growth plates: Are closed, skeletal growth is completed but there are procedures that can be utilized to lengthen limbs for specific indications. ...Read more

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Can someone be born without skull bones?

Can someone be born without skull bones?

Why do you ask?: Babies can have anencephaly, and skull bone anomalies can also occur, but have never heard of a birth without a skull. ...Read more

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Fractured or cracked skull fatal?

Fractured or cracked skull fatal?

Not usually: View the skull like a motorcycle helmet. With trauma, you want protection, and if the helmet breaks, it is likely that the head will not. The skull protects the brain, and usually fractures are like the helmet, i.e., the brain is safe. However, some skull fractures are in bad places, and result in hemorrhages (middle meningeal artery). Few head injuries are fatal, but many cause brain trauma. ...Read more

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Is the spine deformation from osteoporosis reversible?

Is the spine deformation from osteoporosis reversible?

Not naturally: The increase bedding or widows hump caused from osteoporosis is not naturally reversible. With acute fractures of the thoracic spine, at times a kyphoplasty may be performed to inject bone cement into to collapsed vertebra to build it back up, but long standing multi-level changes are not. ...Read more

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Is vertebral osteomyelitis contagious?

Is vertebral osteomyelitis contagious?

Depends: Vertebral osteomyelitis by itself is usually not contagious. If associated with tuberculosis or other systemic infection can get infection from secretions of pulmonary component of disease. MRSA(methicilllin resistent staphylococcus aureus) can involve bone and have skin lesions that can be contagious. ...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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Leprosy (Definition)

A disease that results in severe skin sores, nerve damage, and gradual muscle weakness. It is more common in temperate, tropical, and subtropical climates. Leprosy ...Read more