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.

Related Questions

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...

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...

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...
Yes. There are several different genetic forms of this disorder. The most severe are born with respiratory insufficiency due to multiple rib fractures and inability to develop good lung volume.They also have multiple bone fractures with simple movement, or due to delivery forces.Those that survive birth often die in the first months from complications. Read more...

Is brittle bone disease genetic?

Yes. It is an inherited defect in the formation of one type of collagen that is essential for bone formation. Read more...
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...

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...

What is the treatment for brittle bone disease?

Symtomtic treatment. We have to treat people according the fractures they have. Read more...
Depends. Primary therapy for brittle bone disease (also known as osteogenesis imperfecta or oi) is physical therapy for fractures with adequate calcium and vitamin d intake. For more severe cases, a class of medicines known as bisphosphonates is used. These medications given intravenously or orally can decrease fracture rates and reduce bone pain. Careful management by an orthopedist, endocrinologist impt. Read more...