Bone Fragility in Children: Diagnosis and Treatment of Pediatric Osteoporosis

Threats to bone health are increasingly a pediatric concern. Genetic or acquired disorders can compromise the expected gains in bone quantity and quality, and lead to osteoporosis early in life. Recurrent fractures in otherwise healthy youth may also be an indication of underlying bone fragility.

In this grand rounds video presentation, Dr. Laura Bachrach, professor of pediatrics, division of endocrinology, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine, briefly reviews recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric osteoporosis. Common clinical scenarios are also discussed to underscore current practice and ongoing controversies in the pediatric bone field.