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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.
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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