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Child Abuse Or Osteogenesis Imperfecta

A child is brought into the emergency room with a fractured leg. The parents are unable to explain how the leg fractured. X-rays reveal several other fractures in various stages of healing. The parents say they did not know about these fractures, and cannot explain what might have caused them. Hospital personnel call child welfare services to report a suspected case of child abuse. The child is taken away from the parents and placed in foster care.

Scenes like this occur in emergency rooms everyday. But in this case the cause of the fractures is not child abuse. It is osteogenesis imperfecta or OI. OI is a genetic disorder characterized by bones that break easily – often from little or no apparant cause. A person with OI may sustain a few or as many as several hundred fractures in a lifetime.

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