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My 8-Year-Old Son Is a Daredevil and Has Already Broken Several Bones. Could
He Have a Problem Like Osteoporosis at This Young Age?
Osteoporosis is rare
among children and adolescents. When it occurs, it is usually caused by an
underlying medical disorder or by medications used to treat such disorders. This
is called secondary osteoporosis. It may also be the result of a genetic
disorder such as osteogenesis imperfecta, in which bones break easily from
little or no apparent cause. Sometimes there is no identifiable cause of
juvenile osteoporosis. This is known as idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis. Two or
more low-impact fractures may be a sign of one of these disorders.
If you are concerned about your son's frequent fractures, talk to his doctor
for more information.