How is osteomalacia treated?

Patients who have osteomalacia can take vitamin D, calcium or phosphate supplements, depending on the individual case. For instance, people with intestinal malabsorption (the intestines cannot absorb nutrients or vitamins properly) may need to take larger quantities of vitamin D and calcium.

Other treatments to relieve or correct osteomalacia symptoms may include:

  • Wearing braces to reduce or prevent bone irregularities
  • Surgery to correct bone deformities (in severe cases)
  • Adequate exposure to sunlight

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/14/2018.

References

  • Lorenzo JA, Canalis E, Raisz LG. Metabolic bone disease. In: Melmed S, Polonsky KS, Larsen PR, Kronenberg HM, eds. Williams Textbook of Endocrinology. 12th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 29.
  • Bhan A, Rao AD, Rao DS. Osteomalacia as a Result of Vitamin D Deficiency. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2010;39(2):321.
  • Office of Dietary Supplements - National Institutes of Health. Retrieved August 4, 2012. Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Vitamin D. (2011, June 24). Accessed 10/3/2018.
  • Lee, JY, So, Tsz-Yin, Thackray, J. A Review of Vitamin D Deficiency. J Pediatr Pharmacol Ther 2013 Oct-Dec; 18(4): 277–291.

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