Osteogenesis Imperfecta is a condition that is characterized by presence of highly fragile bones that may break easily. The condition is genetic and the defective genes can affect the production of collagen in the body. Collagen is required to strengthen the bones. The condition can be mild, with only a few fractures during a person's lifetime. In more severe cases, it can involve hundreds of fractures that occur without any apparent cause.
HOW IS OSTEOGENESIS IMPERFECTA DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of this ailment is done with the help of X rays and a detailed physical examination based on the various symptoms that may be seen. Also, the doctor will take the medical history of the patient as well as the family history, to ascertain the cause and treatment thereafter.
HOW IS OSTEOGENESIS IMPERFECTA TREATED?
There is no cure for OI. Treatment is aimed at increasing overall bone strength to prevent fracture and maintain mobility.Treatments include bone-strengthening medications, physical therapy and orthopaedic surgery.
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However, with such children, there are various other complications that arise, which eventually lead to a shorter life for them.