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Bone disease in older people

R. L. Prince

in Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199235292
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608232 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199235292.003.0146

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Bone disease in older people

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Bone disease is a common problem in the elderly, and its clinical manifestation are a major preventable public health problem. The disorders of the skeleton have been classified in a variety of ways, an approach which tends to restrict understanding of the clinical problem in a particular patient. Frequently, several separate disorders coexist, each contributing to impairment of bone form or function, and each requiring a separate intervention.

The major categories of disorder are osteoporosis, too little bone within the bone, osteomalacia, impaired mineralization of bone matrix, and infiltration of bone with cancer cells. Each represents a distinct pathological processes that results in abnormal bone structure and function, which may present as bone pain and/or fracture.

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Subjects: Endocrinology and Diabetes

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