What is Osteoneogenesis?

: development and formation of bone.

How many stages of osteogenesis are there?

A child born with OI may have soft bones that break (fracture) easily, bones that are not formed normally, and other problems. Signs and symptoms may range from mild to severe. There are at least 8 different types of the disease.

What are the long term effects of osteogenesis imperfecta?

They may have abnormally shaped bones (such as a curved spine, a ribcage that points outward, a triangular face, or legs that bow out), breathing problems (which can be life-threatening), hearing loss as adults, brittle teeth, and other problems.

Can OI be cured?

Because osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a genetic condition, it has no cure. For many years, surgical correction of deformities, physiotherapy, and the use of orthotic support and devices to assist mobility (eg, wheelchairs) were the primary means of treatment.

Can adults get brittle bone disease?

Brittle bone disease is a lifelong genetic disorder that causes your bones to break very easily, usually without any type of injury, as from a fall. Your doctor may also call it osteogenesis imperfecta. It affects both sexes and all races equally.

Can brittle bone disease be cured?

There’s no cure for brittle bone disease. However, there are supportive therapies that help reduce your child’s risk of broken bones and increase their quality of life. Treatments for brittle bone disease include: physical and occupational therapy to increase your child’s mobility and muscle strength.

How long can a child live with osteogenesis imperfecta?

Life expectancy varies greatly depending on OI type. Babies with Type II often die soon after birth. Children with Type III may live longer, but often only until around age 10. They may also have severe physical deformities.

What disease does Byron Baxter have?

When you listen to 3-year-old Byron Baxter laugh and talk, you’d never know anything was wrong with him. But he was born with a rare condition called osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease.

Can you prevent brittle bone disease?

Because brittle bone disease is a genetic condition, you cannot prevent it. If you or your partner has OI or have a relative with the condition, speak with a genetic counselor.

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