Metabolic bone diseases, also called metabolic bone disorders, are types of skeletal diseases that may cause bones to be thin, thick, soft, brittle or irregular. Metabolic bone disorders can be complex, rare conditions, or they can be genetic or acquired. The pediatric endocrinologists with Norton Children’s Endocrinology, affiliated with UofL School of Medicine, care for all forms of metabolic bone disorders in infants, children and adolescents.
Metabolic Bone Diseases We Treat
Metabolic bone conditions include a variety of conditions that affect the body’s absorption of calcium, phosphorus and Vitamin D, as well as disorders that cause both high and low bone density (cause the bones to be extremely thin or thick).
We treat all metabolic bone conditions, including:
- Albright hereditary osteodystrophy (pseudohypoparathyroidism)
- Duchenne muscular dystrophy
- Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
- Extraskeletal calcification disorders
- Fibrous dysplasia (McCune-Albright syndrome)
- High bone mass disorders (dense bone disorders)
- Hypophosphatemic rickets, a type of rickets associated with low phosphate levels
- Juvenile Paget disease of the bone
- Osteogenesis imperfecta (“brittle bone disease”)
- Recurrent fractures
- Skeletal dysplasias
- Vitamin D metabolism disorders
Multidisciplinary Care for Children With Metabolic Bone Diseases
Norton Children’s Endocrinology works alongside pediatric orthopedists with Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville to care for children with metabolic bone conditions. Our multidisciplinary approach to metabolic bone care allows your child to be evaluated by several pediatric specialists all in the same visit. These specialists share clinic space, working to provide your child with a comprehensive, thoughtful evaluation and treatment plan to address your child’s condition and prevent side effects, including deformity, pain, growth delay, fractures or other bone-related disabilities.