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Osteomalacia
Pathology
Type

Nutrition

Cause(s)

Lack of one or more nutrients

Symptoms

Weak bones, bone pain, muscle weakness, hypocalcemia

Mortality Rate

Low

Treatments

Vitamin D

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Osteomalacia is a softening of the bones.  It is usually caused by a nutritional deficiency; a shortage of calciumphosphorus or, most often vitamin D.  In children, it is known as rickets and is more serious, so the term is largely used to describe the milder condition that affects adults.  

In all cases, the condition can be traced to low vitamin D levels.  However, this can often be a secondary condition to other existing conditions rather than a lack of dietary vitamin D.  Most commonly, it can be caused by diseases of the kidneys or those that cause malabsorption.

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