Osteomalacia is a condition in which the bones become soft. The
cause of osteomalacia is not getting enough calcium or vitamin D (vitamin D
A deficiency in vitamin D leads to the loss of
calcium and phosphorus, both of which are necessary for making bones hard and
A vitamin D deficiency leading to osteomalacia may be
caused by a poor diet (malnutrition) or by a problem with the intestine (such
as celiac disease) that prevents it from absorbing nutrients.
osteomalacia include bone pain and bones that fracture easily. Depending on the
cause of the condition, treatment may include taking oral supplements of
vitamin D and calcium. Treatment may also include taking prescription
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Jerry S. Trier, MD - Gastroenterology
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