Osteopetrosis is a bone disease that makes bones abnormally dense and prone to fracture. The most common symptoms are bone fractures, low blood cell levels, impaired vision and hearing, and dental problems related to infection.
HOW IS OSTEOPETROSIS DIAGNOSED?
A general physician will diagnose the condition with clinical evaluation. X-rays and bone density tests are required for definitive diagnosis.
HOW IS OSTEOPETROSIS TREATED?
The treatment of this condition is done with the help of surgery that can avert the risk of fractures, or treat them in case a fracture has already happened. Nutritional support with due consultation with a physician will help in long term management of the condition. Gamma Interferon can help in long term relief too.
DID YOU KNOW?
In 2000, the drug Interferon Gamma-1b (Actimmune) was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to halt the progression of osteopetrosis. The drug delays disease progression in affected individuals.