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How is juvenile osteoporosis diagnosed?

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Juvenile osteoporosis is hard to define. Bone density scans are the most accurate way to detect lowered bone mass early on, but they need to be interpreted carefully to make a clear diagnosis in children.

Instead, doctors usually diagnose juvenile when there are signs that a child has a fragile skeleton. This might show up when a child's bone breaks without something like a bad fall or other trauma, and the child has a low bone mineral density score.

SOURCES:

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford: "Juvenile Osteoporosis."

Catherine Gordon, MD, director, Bone Health Program, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Juvenile Osteoporosis" and "Osteoporosis: Peak Bone Mass in Women."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Juvenile Osteoporosis Clinical Trial, Medical University of South Carolina."

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on May 02, 2018

SOURCES:

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford: "Juvenile Osteoporosis."

Catherine Gordon, MD, director, Bone Health Program, Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Juvenile Osteoporosis" and "Osteoporosis: Peak Bone Mass in Women."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Juvenile Osteoporosis Clinical Trial, Medical University of South Carolina."

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on May 02, 2018

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