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Eur J Endocrinol. 2008 Dec;159 Suppl 1:S33-9. doi: 10.1530/EJE-08-0282. Epub 2008 Sep 4.

Management of osteoporosis in children.

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Department of Endocrinology, Birmingham Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B46NH, UK. nick.shaw@bch.nhs.uk

Abstract

Osteoporosis is being increasingly recognised in paediatric practice as a consequence of several factors. These include the increasing complexity of chronic conditions and the associated treatments managed by paediatricians. In addition, the improved care provided to children with chronic illness has led to many of them living long enough to develop osteoporosis. The availability of methods to assess bone density in children as a surrogate marker of bone strength and the possibility of medical treatment to increase bone density have also resulted in an increased awareness of groups of children who may be at risk of osteoporosis. This article reviews the current definition of osteoporosis in children, aetiological factors and the evidence for effective treatment.

PMID:
18772270
DOI:
10.1530/EJE-08-0282
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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