Osteoporosis in children and adolescents: etiology and management.

  title={Osteoporosis in children and adolescents: etiology and management.},
  author={Giampiero Igli Baroncelli and Silvano Bertelloni and Federica Sodini and Giuseppe Saggese},
  journal={Paediatric drugs},
  volume={7 5},
Bone mass increases progressively during childhood, but mainly during adolescence when approximately 40% of total bone mass is accumulated. Peak bone mass is reached in late adolescence, and is a well recognised risk factor for osteoporosis later in life. Thus, increasing peak bone mass can prevent osteoporosis. The critical interpretation of bone mass measurements is a crucial factor for the diagnosis of osteopenia/osteoporosis in children and adolescents. To date, there are insufficient data… CONTINUE READING

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