Title: Causes and clinical picture of osteopenia and osteoporosis in children
- Grażyna Boduch, Hanna Dziatkowiak, Edward Czerwiński, Teresa Grodzicka
- Original articles
- Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
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- osteoporosis, children, gastrointestinal tract diseases
The causes and clinical picture of osteopenia and osteoporosis were analyzed in 13 children (7 girls and 6 boys aged 6-15 years of life, mean age 10.2 years). The diagnosis was based on X-ray and densitometric studies. Upper gastrointestinal tract diseases were noted in 7 patients (one child received additionaly anti-epileptic drugs) and 5 had juvenile osteoporosis. Children with Gl tract diseases and these on anti-epileptic management may develop osteoporosis and osteopenia as a consequence of vitamin D3 deficit and calcium malabsorption leading to hypocalcemia and secondary hyperparathyroidism.