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osteomalacia(os?te-o-mal-a'she-a) [Gr. osteon, bone, + malakia, softening]
Clinical findings are pains in the limbs, spine, thorax, and pelvis; fractures; anemia; and progressive weakness.
The disease is caused by any of the many vitamin D disorders or by deranged phosphorus metabolism.
In patients with vitamin D–deficient diets, ergocalciferol and calcium are given as nutritional supplements.