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My Bones Break Easily
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
Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is condition of weakening bones. Some variables are under our control such as nutrition & exercise. Others aren't eg aging. Check out http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteoporosis/basics/definition/con-20019924. Just as important as bone density is balance, gait, flexibility, strength etc. Add poor vision & environmental factors that increase risk for falls, thus fracture ...Read more
I believe 50% of the: bone involvement is likely to result in a pathological fracture. U should see and ask your local Ortho-Oncologist about this, as he has seen and examined you and your scans/XRs etc, so he can answer you better,. rather any of us, who may not fully appreciate the extent of your lesion, without seeing all the documentations/scans. Good luck. ...Read more
Please tell me what stage does osteosarcoma have to be at before bones are weakened enough to break more easily?
Stage doesn't matter: Dear tmonkey1, The stage of an osteosarcoma does not determine when a pathological fracture will occur. It all depends on the location of the tumor (weight bearing bone or not) and how much of the cortical bone is eroded. The cortical bone is the outer strong bone as opposed to the central cancellous bone. The fracture risk increases when the tumor is more than 8 cm in size (T2 stage). ...Read more
YES: Yes but not necessarily. Obtain a physical examination and an xray for a definitive answer. ...Read more
10 – 12 weeks: Fifth metatarsal base fractures are very common. Bone healing is common in 10 to 12 weeks. On occasion, there is an asymptomatic fibrous union – the fracture line is still apparent on x-rays though there is no pain. Fifth metatarsal shaft fractures (jones fractures) are associated with delayed healing and sometimes nonunion. These can require open treatment with bone grafting ; internal fixation. ...Read more
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