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idiopathic osteoporosis with onset before puberty, leading to pain or fractures, with spontaneous remission within a few years.
A rare childhood disease of inadequate bone mineral density, characterized by poor bone formation that usually improves spontaneously during puberty or young adulthood. Affected children often complain of bone or back pain, muscle weakness, or impaired gait. Fractures of long bones and vertebral compression fractures are common. Other diseases of bone formation, such as osteogenesis imperfecta, must be excluded before a diagnosis of juvenile osteoporosis is made. Affected children are usually asked to refrain from participation in sports to lessen the risk of fractures. Synonym: idiopathic juvenile osteoporosis
See also: osteoporosis