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Osteogenesis imperfecta, better known as brittle bone disease causes collagen abnormalities within the bone. It is a genetic condition and not linked to osteoporosis. Fractures during childhood can occur as many as 100 times or as few as 10. 10% of fractures occur at birth, 25% in first year and 50% during preschool years. The incidence of fractures decreases after adolescence. There is no available cure or treatment for OI but medications are being worked on.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Lexington Herald-Leader
About: Brittle bone disease clarified
Date: 28 November 2004
Source: Lexington Herald-Leader
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