Osteomalacia is a condition in which the bones become soft. The cause of osteomalacia is not getting enough calcium or vitamin D (vitamin D deficiency).
A deficiency in vitamin D leads to the loss of calcium and phosphorus, both of which are necessary for making bones hard and strong.
A vitamin D deficiency leading to osteomalacia may be caused by a poor diet (malnutrition) or by a problem with the intestine (such as celiac disease) that prevents it from absorbing nutrients.
Symptoms of osteomalacia include bone pain and bones that fracture easily. Depending on the cause of the condition, treatment may include taking oral supplements of vitamin D and calcium. Treatment may also include taking prescription medicines.
Current as of: September 8, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Jerry S. Trier MD - Gastroenterology & Carla J. Herman MD, MPH - Geriatric Medicine