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

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Dr. Bruce Prager
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bruce Prager
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