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Osteomalacia


What is Osteomalacia?

Osteomalacia is a condition that causes softening of bones, majorly due to deficiency of Vitamin D. In Osteomalacia, a person faces problems with bone formation or bone building process. It can lead to fractures in older adults.

What causes Osteomalacia?

The main reasons for the occurrence of Osteomalacia are:

  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Certain surgeries like surgery done to remove part of your stomach or small intestine
  • Celiac disease
  • Kidney or liver disorders
  • Drugs used to treat seizure
  • Certain cancers
What are the symptoms of Osteomalacia?

The various signs and symptoms of Osteomalacia include:

  • Bone pain especially in hips, pelvic, legs, lower back and ribs
  • Muscle weakness
  • Stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Easy fractures
How can Osteomalacia be treated?

Osteomalacia can be treated by:

  • Sufficient intake of Vitamin D, calcium and phosphorous through supplements or diet
  • Treating conditions that affect Vitamin D calcium metabolism