Diffuse Osteopenia

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Alternative Names

Neonatal rickets; Brittle bones - premature infants; Weak bones - premature infants; Osteopenia of prematurity


Definition

Osteopenia is a decrease in the amount of calcium and phosphorus in the bone. This can cause bones to be weak and brittle, and increases the risk for broken bones.


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

During the last 3 months of pregnancy, large amounts of calcium and phosphorus are transferred from the mother to the baby so that the baby's bones will grow.

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