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Osteogenesis imperfecta -- sometimes called brittle bone disease -- is a genetic condition in which a person's bones break easily, sometimes for no apparent reason. In order to have a better understanding of this condition, it can be helpful to know some important osteogenesis imperfecta facts. For example:
  • Approximately 20,000 to 50,000 people in the United States are affected by this condition.
  • Although osteogenesis imperfecta is an inherited condition, it can occur in children who have no family history of it.
  • There is no cure. Therefore, treatment is aimed at preventing or controlling symptoms, maximizing independent mobility, and developing optimal bone mass and muscle strength.
(Click Osteogenesis Imperfecta for more facts on this condition, including possible symptoms, the different types, how it is diagnosed, and more.)
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