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What is osteomalacia?
Osteomalacia is a condition in which your bones become soft due to a lack of calcium and phosphate, often because you are not getting enough vitamin D.
What are the symptoms of osteomalacia?
Signs and symptoms of osteomalacia include: increased risk of fractures; fractures that happen without injury; widespread bone pain and tenderness, especially in the pelvis and lower back; difficulty walking; walking with a waddle, and; muscle …
Who gets osteomalacia?
People who do not receive enough sunlight and/or vitamin D in their diet are especially at risk of osteomalacia.
How is osteomalacia diagnosed?
Your doctor will diagnose osteomalacia based on your symptoms, blood tests, and by examining your bones by X-ray or other methods.
How is osteomalacia treated?
Treatment of osteomalacia focuses on you getting enough vitamin D, calcium and phosphorus in your diet and getting regular sunlight exposure. Your doctor may advise you to add certain vitamin-rich or calcium-rich foods to your diet, or to begin taking …
Can osteomalacia be prevented?
Unless there is an underlying medical condition, osteomalacia can be prevented by including enough vitamin D in your diet and getting enough sunlight.
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 13 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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