Osteopetrosis | Skeletal System Diseases

What is Osteopetrosis? Osteopetrosis is a disease that causes the density of bones in the body to increase over time. In a healthy bone, old cells will be recycled at the same rate as new cells are created, thereby keeping the total amount constant. However, in patients with osteopetrosis, the … Continue reading

Osteonecrosis | What is Osteonecrosis?

What is Osteonecrosis? It is also known as avascular necrosis, is a condition that causes restricted blood supply to bones, resulting in premature death of cells. The ailment most commonly affects the coxa (hip) and scapula (shoulder), but is also seen in the patella (knee joint), ginglymus (elbow), carpus (wrist) and … Continue reading

Enchondroma | Bone Disorders

What is Enchondroma? Enchondroma is a type of tumor that affects cartilage in the body’s extremities and most often affects teenagers. The tumor is usually benign and can sometimes remain throughout the life of the patient without adverse effects. However, it is possible that an enchondroma can become malignant, and this … Continue reading

Craniosynostosis | Causes and Treatment

What is Craniosynostosis? Craniosynostosis can be define as a disease that affects the growth of infant cranial structures, causing permanent disfigurement. The disease prematurely fuses sutures (joints) in the skull, thereby preventing growth in certain directions. This results in abnormal growth patterns, which can have serious effects on the shape … Continue reading

Osteoporosis | Bone Disorders

What is Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a bone disease that is most commonly associated with the elderly, and is more prevalent in women than in men. Symptoms include the gradual deterioration of the skeletal structure, which is why older people are more likely to fracture bones. It is often difficult to … Continue reading