Top of the page
Osteomalacia is a condition in which the bones become soft. The cause of osteomalacia is not getting enough calcium or vitamin D (vitamin D deficiency).
A deficiency in vitamin D leads to the loss of calcium and phosphorus, both of which are necessary for making bones hard and strong.
A vitamin D deficiency leading to osteomalacia may be caused by a poor diet (malnutrition) or by a problem with the intestine (such as celiac disease) that prevents it from absorbing nutrients.
Symptoms of osteomalacia include bone pain and bones that fracture easily. Depending on the cause of the condition, treatment may include taking oral supplements of vitamin D and calcium. Treatment may also include taking prescription medicines.
Current as of: August 7, 2019
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Carla J. Herman MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2020 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Make an Appointment
Pay a Bill
For Medical Professionals
Graduate Medical Education
Nursing at WellSpan
Clinical Research Programs
Who We Are
Make a Donation
Connect With Us
Non-Discrimination Statement |
Aviso Contra la Discriminación
© WellSpan Health | Disclaimer & Policies