Pediatric osteoporosis is a rare condition that affects the bones and increases a child’s risk of bone fractures.
Osteoporosis occurs when there is not enough bone formation during growth or excessive bone loss with age. Pediatric osteoporosis is rare. In children, osteoporosis is usually caused by another medical condition — this is called secondary osteoporosis. If there is no known cause of the condition, it is called idiopathic osteoporosis.
Pediatric osteoporosis can cause problems as your child grows. During childhood, bone mass normally increases. Osteoporosis slows the building of bone mass, leaving the child at risk for fractures and future bone loss.
There is no known cause of idiopathic osteoporosis. However, there are many potential causes of secondary osteoarthritis.
Secondary osteoarthritis may be caused by an existing medical condition, such as: