Osteoporosis

Dr. NIKOLAJ WOLFSON, MD, FRCSC, FACS

IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

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Dr. Wolfson can help you with Osteoporosis in San Francisco. Osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps.

Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” Viewed under a microscope, healthy bone looks like a honeycomb. When osteoporosis occurs, the holes and spaces in the honeycomb are much larger than in healthy bone. Osteoporotic bones have lost density or mass and contain abnormal tissue structure. As bones become less dense, they weaken and are more likely to break. If you’re 50 or older and have broken a bone, ask your doctor or healthcare provider about a bone density test.

Diseases, Conditions and Medical Procedures That May Cause Osteoporosis

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Autoimmune Disorders

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
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Medical Procedures

  • Gastrectomy
  • Gastrointestinal bypass procedures
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Hematologic/Blood Disorders

  • Leukemia and lymphoma
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Sickle cell disease
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Blood and bone marrow disorders

  • Thalassemia
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Endocrine/Hormonal Disorders

  • Diabetes
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • Thyrotoxicosis
  • Irregular periods
  • Premature menopause
  • Low levels of testosterone and estrogen in men
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Digestive and Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Celiac disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Weight loss surgery
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Cancer

  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
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Neurological/Nervous System Disorders

  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Spinal cord injuries
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Mental Illness

  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
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Other Diseases and Conditions

  • AIDS/HIV
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema
  • Female athlete triad (includes loss of menstrual periods, an eating disorder and excessive exercise)
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Liver disease, including biliary cirrhosis
  • Organ transplants
  • Polio and post-polio syndrome
  • Poor diet, including malnutrition
  • Scoliosis
  • Weight loss

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