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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis: Introduction

Osteoporosis: Bone mass loss (osteoporosis) as a symptom. See detailed information below for a list of 313 causes of Osteoporosis, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Osteoporosis:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Osteoporosis. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Osteoporosis

Home medical tests possibly related to Osteoporosis:

Causes of Types of Osteoporosis:

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Osteoporosis: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Osteoporosis, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Osteoporosis Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Osteoporosis may include:

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Alternative Treatments for Osteoporosis

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Osteoporosis may include:

Stories from Users for Osteoporosis

Real-life user stories relating to Osteoporosis:

Message Boards for Osteoporosis

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Osteoporosis or relevant symptoms:

Diagnostic tests for Osteoporosis:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Osteoporosis. Some of these are listed below :

  • Physical examination
    • Inspect for kyphosis (deformity of the spine characterized by excessive flexion) which causes a round shouldered appearance with a hump on the back. This is due to repeated minor fractures of the vertebra
    • Examine for signs of systemic disease that may increase the risk of osteoporosis - e.g. hyperthyroidism, Cushing's syndrome, diabetes mellitus, anorexia nervosa, Crohn's disease.
  • Blood tests
  • more tests...»

Osteoporosis: Animations

Medications or substances causing Osteoporosis:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Osteoporosis as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Drug interactions causing Osteoporosis:

When combined, certain drugs, medications, substances or toxins may react causing Osteoporosis as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

  • Raloxifene and Prednisone interaction #occurs with long term use of Prednisone
  • Evista and Prednisone interaction #occurs with long term use of Prednisone
  • Raloxifene and Deltasone interaction #occurs with long term use of Deltasone
  • Evista and Deltasone interaction #occurs with long term use of Deltasone
  • Flunisolide and Phenytoin interaction
  • AeroBid and Phenytoin interaction
  • AeroBid-M and Phenytoin interaction
  • more interactions...»

Osteoporosis: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Osteoporosis may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Osteoporosis

Research the causes of these symptoms that are similar to, or related to, the symptom Osteoporosis:

Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Osteoporosis. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist here.

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Osteoporosis: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Osteoporosis

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Rare diseases misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease: A rare genetic disorder is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease for men in their 50's. The disease Fragile X disorder can show only mild symptoms in the early years, and Parkinsons-like symptoms around age...read more »

Female athlete syndrome leads to undiagnosed osteoporosis: Younger women are not usually considered as candidates for diagnosis of osteoporosis....read more »

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Osteoporosis: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis: Related Rare Diseases

Rare types of medical conditions and diseases in related medical categories:

Osteoporosis: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Causes of Osteoporosis listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Osteoporosis as a symptom include:

Article Excerpts about Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder characterized by compromised bone strength predisposing to an increased risk of fracture. Bone strength reflects the integration of two main features: bone density and bone quality. Osteoporosis is the most common of the bone diseases that affect Americans. Although it is the underlying cause of most fractures in older people, the condition is silent and undetected in many cases until a fracture occurs. (Source: excerpt from Osteoporosis Progress and Promise: NIAMS)

Osteoporosis, which means "porous bones," is a condition of excessive skeletal fragility resulting in weakened bones that break easily. A combination of genetic, dietary, hormonal, age-related, and lifestyle factors all contribute to this condition. Osteoporosis usually progresses painlessly until a fracture occurs, which is usually in the hip, spine, or wrist. (Source: excerpt from Osteoporosis: NWHIC)

Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens bones to the point where they break easily—especially bones in the hip, spine (backbone), and wrist. You can lose bone over many years. Because you may not notice any symptoms until a bone breaks, osteoporosis is called the “silent disease.” (Source: excerpt from Osteoporosis -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Osteoporosis is a skeletal disorder characterized by compromised bone strength predisposing... (Source: excerpt from Osteoporosis Progress and Promise: NIAMS)

Osteoporosis, which means "porous bones," is a condition of excessive ... (Source: excerpt from Osteoporosis: NWHIC)

Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens bones to the point where they break... (Source: excerpt from Osteoporosis -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Definitions of Osteoporosis:

RAEB: A condition of reduced bone mass, with decreased cortical thickness and a decrease in the number and size of the trabeculae of cancellous bone (but normal chemical composition), resulting in increased fracture incidence. Osteoporosis is classified as primary (Type 1, postmenopausal osteoporosis; Type 2, age-associated osteoporosis; and idiopathic, which can affect juveniles, premenopausal women, and middle-aged men) and secondary osteoporosis (which results from an identifiable cause of bone mass loss).
- (Source - Diseases Database)

Abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in fragile porous bones attributable to a lack of calcium; most common in postmenopausal women
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Loss of bone mass and strength due to nutritional, metabolic, or other factors, usually resulting in deformity or fracture; a major public health problem of the elderly, especially women.
- (Source - CRISP)

A condition that is characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density, causing bones to become fragile.
- (Source - National Cancer Institute)

Organs affected by Osteoporosis:

The list of organs typically affected by Osteoporosis may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Osteoporosis

The list below shows some of the causes of Osteoporosis mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Osteoporosis?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Osteoporosis. Of the 313 causes of Osteoporosis that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 1 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 6 causes are "common" diseases
  • 3 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 3 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 8 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 300 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Osteoporosis:

The following list of conditions have 'Osteoporosis' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Osteoporosis:

The following list of medical conditions have Osteoporosis or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Causes of Osteoporosis Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Osteoporosis based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Osteoporosis?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Osteoporosis, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    Classifications of Osteoporosis:

    Subtypes of Osteoporosis:

    Osteopenia (69 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Osteoporosis:

    Bone symptoms (2907 causes), Skeletal symptoms (4109 causes)

    Symptoms related to Osteoporosis:

    Bone pain (272 causes), Fractures (149 causes), Thin bones, Bone symptoms (2907 causes), DEXA, Hormone replacement therapy, Calcium supplements, Bisphosphonates, Bone mineral density, Postmenopause, Colles fracture, Hip fracture, Vertebral collapse, Fracture of head of femur

    Medical articles on signs and symptoms:

    Doctor-patient articles related to symptoms and diagnosis:

    These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Medical News summaries about Osteoporosis

    Our news pages contain the following medical news summaries about Osteoporosis and many other medical conditions:

    Related medical articles from our Disease Center for Osteoporosis:

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