What is juvenile osteoporosis?

A child is diagnosed with juvenile osteoporosis when there is evidence of loss of bone density, resulting in weak, brittle bones. There are two kinds of osteoporosis found in children: idiopathic and secondary. In the rare cases of idiopathic osteoporosis, there is no apparent cause. In secondary osteoporosis, though, another medical condition (such as diabetes or malabsorption disorders) or the medications associated with that condition (inculding antiseizure medications and corticosteroids) have been identified as the source of the bone disease.

Juvenile osteoporosis is rare, and when it occurs, it is usually caused by another medical problem or is caused by a medication used to treat the medical problem. Osteoporosis is a condition of low bone density that may result in an increased risk of fractures. Osteoporosis is usually caused by decreased production of bone, increased destruction of bone or a combination of the two.

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