Low Bone Mass

Low bone mass in children is a condition in which the bones are not as dense as they should be, which can cause bones to fracture more easily than normal.

Low bone mass is also called osteopenia or osteoporosis, depending on how severe the condition is. Causes of low bone mass in children include a genetic disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta, kidney disease, metabolic diseases, and insufficient intake of calories. The diagnosis of low bone mass often includes a thorough medical history and physical exam, blood testing, and a bone density scan.

Once the underlying cause of low bone mass is discovered, a management plan can be started to promote good bone health and prevent fractures in the future.

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