What Causes Bone Disorders In Children?

Bone disorders in children can result from such causes as injuries, cancer, and infections. Causes that affect mainly children typically involve the gradual misalignment of bones, which is caused by forces exerted on the growth plates as children are developing. A poor blood supply can also damage the growth plate, as can separation from the rest of the bone or even minor misalignment. Damage to the growth plate suppresses the growth of bones, distorts the joint, and can cause long-lasting joint damage (arthritis).

Certain rare hereditary disorders of connective tissue can also affect the bones. They include Marfan syndrome, osteogenesis imperfecta, chondrodysplasias, and osteopetroses.

Bone disorders sometimes cause painless deformities. Some deformities may affect a child’s ability to walk or use the limbs. The diagnosis of a bone disorder typically involves a thorough history, close observation and examination, and the selective use of x-rays and laboratory studies.

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