Osteopetrosis

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Albers-Schonberg Disease
  • Marble Bones
  • Osteosclerosis Fragilis Generalisata

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Osteopetrosis, autosomal recessive; malignant infantile type
  • Osteopetrosis, autosomal dominant; adult type
  • Osteopetrosis, mild autosomal recessive; intermediate type

General Discussion

Osteopetrosis may be inherited as either a dominant or recessive trait and is marked by increased bone density, brittle bones, and, in some cases, skeletal abnormalities. Although symptoms may not initially be apparent in people with mild forms of this disorder, trivial injuries may cause bone fractures due to abnormalities of the bone.

There are three major types of osteopetrosis: the malignant infantile form, the intermediate form, and the adult form. The adult form is milder than the other forms, and may not be diagnosed until adolescence or adulthood when symptoms first appear. The intermediate form, found in children younger than ten years old, is more severe than the adult form but less severe than the malignant infantile form. The malignant infantile form is apparent from birth and frequently shortens life expectancy. It is not related to cancer, despite the name.

Resources

CLIMB (Children Living with Inherited Metabolic Diseases)
Climb Building
176 Nantwich Road
Crewe, Intl CW2 6BG
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 870 7700 325
Fax: +44 870 7700 327
Email: info.svcs@climb.org.uk
Internet: http://www.CLIMB.org.uk

Osteopetrosis Support Trust (UK)
37 Bristol Rd
Winterbourne, S Glos, Intl BS36 1RQ
United Kingdom
Tel: 44 0145 4852199
Email: info@ost.org.uk
Internet: http://www.ost.org.uk

Paget Foundation for Paget's Disease of Bone and Related Disorders
120 Wall Street
Suite 1602
New York, NY 10005
Tel: (212)509-5335
Fax: (212)509-8492
Tel: (800)237-2438
Email: pagetfdn@aol.com
Internet: http://www.paget.org

NIH/National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse
1 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
USA
Tel: (301)495-4484
Fax: (301)718-6366
Tel: (877)226-4267
TDD: (301)565-2966
Email: NIAMSinfo@mail.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info

NIH/Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases - National Resource Center
2 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3676
USA
Tel: (202)223-0344
Fax: (202)293-2356
Tel: (800)624-2663
TDD: (202)466-4315
Email: niamsboneinfo@mail.nih.gov
Internet: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Bone/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

Let Them Hear Foundation
1900 University Avenue, Suite 101
East Palo Alto, CA 94303
Tel: (650)462-3143
Fax: (650)462-3144
Tel: (877)735-2929
Email: info@letthemhear.org
Internet: http://www.letthemhear.org

Hajdu-Cheney Support Group
1301 Amelia Avenue
Portsmouth, VA 23707
Tel: (757)465-8169
Email: hcsupport@cox.net
Internet: www.hajdu-cheney.com

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