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Osteomalacia is a medical condition that is characterized by softening and weakening of bones. It is caused by a deficiency in vitamin D, calcium, or phosphorus, which are essential nutrients for bone health.

Vitamin D is important for the absorption of calcium and phosphorus from the diet and for their utilization by the body. When there is a deficiency in vitamin D, the body is unable to properly absorb and use these minerals, which can lead to osteomalacia.

Symptoms of osteomalacia include bone pain, muscle weakness, difficulty walking or standing, and an increased risk of fractures. In severe cases, the bones may become deformed, which can lead to disability.

Treatment for osteomalacia involves addressing the underlying cause, such as vitamin D deficiency, and ensuring adequate intake of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D supplements, exposure to sunlight, and dietary changes can also be helpful in managing the condition. In some cases, medication may be necessary to help with bone healing and prevent further damage.

Risk Factors Of  Osteomalacia (Mnemonics) :

  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Gastric bypass surgery
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Use of certain medications (e.g. anticonvulsants, glucocorticoids)
  • Malabsorption syndromes (e.g. celiac disease)
  • Inadequate exposure to sunlight
  • Chronic liver or kidney disease
  • Elderly age

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Clinical Features Of  Osteomalacia (Mnemonics) :

  • Difficulty walking or standing
  • Increased risk of fractures
  • Deformities of the bones, especially in the legs
  • Bone pain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue

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Signs & Symptoms Of  Osteomalacia (Mnemonics) :

  • Difficulty rising from a seated or lying position
  • Loss of height
  • Dental problems
  • Waddling gait
  • Skeletal deformities, such as bowed legs or a “pigeon breast”
  • Muscle tenderness

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Differential Diagnosis Of  Osteomalacia (Mnemonics) :

  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Paget’s disease of bone
  • Bone metastases
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

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