Osteomalacia means soft bones. Bone consists of a hard outer shell (the cortex) made up of minerals, mainly calcium and phosphorus, and a softer inner mesh (the matrix) made up of collagen fibres. In osteomalacia more and more bone is made up of collagen matrix without a mineral.
The softened bones of children and young adults with osteomalacia can lead to bowing during growth, especially in weight-bearing bones of.
Osteomalacia is the softening of the bones caused by impaired bone metabolism primarily due Osteomalacia in adults starts insidiously as aches and pains in the lumbar (lower back) region and thighs before spreading to the arms and ribs.
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