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Osteoporosis Affects Children Too!

Osteoporosis Affects Children Too!

(ePharmaNews) – Fractures in children may be due to hyperactivity, as everybody knows, but a new study says that osteoporosis can be responsible for some cases too, especially if they were repetitive or involved the spinal column.

Scientists from Finland studied 1400 fractures in <16 children in Helsinki in 2005, they recorded the cases of recurrent fractures and spinal fractures, and compared the efficiency of bone densitometry imaging studies and bone turnover biomarkers with bones biopsy.

The study was published on the university' website and concluded that 63% of the cases happened in boys, fractures were more common around puberty, and most commonly-involved bones were the forearm's.

Researchers found that only one fourth of children had previous fractures, and only 5% of them had a significant history that may point toward a specific etiology.

Those children had less calcium intake and physical activities than their peers, which led to their bones having less density. Moreover, vitamin D levels were less in half of those children, and these levels correlated with the density as shown on the imaging studies.

Researchers also noted that those children had a mild compression of vertebrae, and had increased excretion of calcium and phosphor in urine, which are the common manifestations of osteoporosis in elderly.

The interesting thing was that the biopsies were not accurate in those children, the fact that led the researchers to conclude that the biopsy should be excluded as a diagnostic method in children suspected for low bone mineral density.

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Prepared by: Laila Nour
Translated by: Awss Zidan

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