While the names of some diseases leave you wondering what they are, this is not the case with brittle bone disease. Otherwise known as osteogenesis imperfecta, this disease is something that certain people are born with. For this reason it is classified as an inborn disease. Sometimes, children who have this disease end up with fractures before they are even born into the world. Essentially, they are far more likely to experience broken bones than the rest of the population.
While the name of the disease points to the bones being brittle, this word can be misleading. Not all bones are brittle in the way we would typically understand the word. Some kids who have the disease don’t actually experience any fractures until they are older. However, while it is rare that a failure to diagnose brittle bone disease would occur, it can happen. Treatment for the disease is not curative in nature – rather it helps prevent further problems from occurring in the future. Occupational therapy can also be worthwhile for many sufferers. Drugs are not commonly given in treatment but various other procedures can be done to help those with the condition.
Could your life change if you went through a failure to diagnose brittle bone disease?
While there is no cure for the disease it can be approached with better knowledge if it is known someone has it. For example if you fractured a few bones – more than is common for an adult or child to do – it may point to the disease being present. If this is the case, then a care plan for future fractures could help you get back to good health as quickly as possible. Adjusting exercise can also be good in prevention terms, which is why an early diagnosis is a good thing.
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Accident Advice Helpline does deal with accident claims but this isn’t the full scope of our efforts to help people. We can also help those who have been misdiagnosed or have not been properly diagnosed by those in medical situations. If the above situation sounds familiar to you, make sure you get in touch now. Try taking our 30-second online test to determine whether or not you can look forward to bringing a ‘no win, no fee*’ case against those who didn’t diagnose your brittle bone disease properly (or that of your child). Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no-obligation advice about making a claim.