What is brittle bone disease?

Brittle bone disease is a disorder that results in fragile bones that break easily. Brittle bone disease is also knows as osteogenesis imperfecta (OI)

Bones are often perceived as the strongest parts that make up the frames and structures. Although it is so, it turns out this does not apply the same. Especially in patients with bone fragility.

Symptoms of brittle bone disease

The bones of OI sufferers are very thin and fragile and have low mineral density. OI bone is generally very easily broken at any location without any impact. This is because the lack of collagen production is a bone constituent due to gene mutations. As a result this disease can not be cured and continues to last a lifetime.

In addition to the fractured bone, OI has several other defining symptoms. Usually the sclera (blue-eyed) sufferers are blue or gray, the patient also has dental disorders, muscles, joints, hearing, and short stature. 

Color eye sclera is a result of the lack of collagen production.

How is brittle bone disease diagnosed?

Diagnosis of brittle bone disease can be diagnosed by an experienced orthopaedic specialist through medical history and physical examination. This diagnosis of brittle bone disease can be made very certain when an one year old patient has broken bones. However, this diagnosis is not easily diagnosed as the community has minimal knowledge about OI.

 

How to prevent the brittle bone disease get worsened?

Early treatment allows for structural correction and bone density before puberty, so it can grow healthier as adults. Some of the therapy that is performed is the provision of biphosphonat to improve bone structure and motion so that the patient’s muscles are not weak.

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