, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 30–36

Severe osteomalacia presenting with multiple vertebral fractures: a case report and review of the literature

Case Report and Review

DOI: 10.1007/s12020-009-9209-8

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Ukinc, K. Endocr (2009) 36: 30. doi:10.1007/s12020-009-9209-8


Adequate exposure to sunlight and fortification of dairy products with vitamin D have eliminated vitamin D deficiency secondary to inadequate endogenous production or nutrition in the majority of countries. Insufficient vitamin D intake secondary to using unfortified foods and social customs (such as avoiding sun exposure), however, contribute to the development of disease. Poor diet, a lack of sun exposure, and the age related decline in the dermal synthesis of 7-dehydrocholesterol are among the factors that predispose to vitamin D deficiency and consequent bone disease. Here, we present a case of severe osteomalacia presenting with multiple vertebral fractures due to poor diet and a lack of exposure to sunlight.


Osteomalacia Vitamin D deficiency Vertebral fractures Osteoporosis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Faculty of MedicineCanakkale Onsekiz Mart UniversityÇanakkaleTurkey

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