What is Osteopetrosis?
Osteopetrosis is a rare congenital disorder (present at birth) in which the bones become overly dense. There are several types of osteopetrosis of varying severity. This causes skeletal fragility, and it may also cause bone marrow failure, disturbed tooth eruption, nerve entrapment syndromes and growth impairment.
How common is Osteopetrosis?
Osteopetrosis is very rare, with one case being diagnosed in every 100,000 to 500,000.
What are the symptoms of Osteopetrosis?
Symptoms can include fractures, frequent infections, blindness, deafness, and strokes.
How is Osteopetrosis treated?
Treatment focuses on correcting complications and improving quality of life. It can include taking vitamin supplements, medication, and in severe cases bone marrow transplant and surgery.
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