Osteomalacia is a softening of the bone in adults.

Often occurs on a cellualar level with loss of minerals necessary for bone growth

This problem occurs in the framework of the bone also called the osteoid

When this medical condition occurs in children it is referred to as Rickets

Therefore this termenology is typically designated for adults only

Cause

  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Renal tubular problems
  • Malnutrition
  • Celiac disease –  less common
  • other

Symptoms

  • Muscle weakness
  • Bone pain
  • Bone tenderness
  • Increase tendency for breaks in bone
  • Gait changes
  • Chronic fatigue

Treatment

  • Supplements of Vitamin D for 6 plus weeks
  • Increase daily intake
  • Incrasse sunlight exposure
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