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Osteitis Fibrosa Cystica 

X-ray showing osteitis fibrosa cystica in long bones. Courtesy Wikimedia. [5]

X-ray showing osteitis fibrosa cystica in long bones. Courtesy Wikimedia.

What Is Osteitis Fibrosa Cystica?

Osteitis fibrosa cystica is a metabolic bone disease characterized by decalcification and softening of bones with bone cyst formation and bone tumors developing from effects of chronic vitamin D [6] deficiency causing hyperparathyroidism and parathyroid adenoma (tumor).

Hyperparathyroidism is a sustained elevated parathyroid hormone level in the blood which draws calcium [7] from bone tissue.

Q: How does vitamin D [6] deficiency cause hyperparathyroidism?

A: Vitamin D [6] is required to absorb calcium [7] from the food we eat. Deficiency of vitamin D [6]  in turn causes deficiency of calcium [7] to develop. Without adequate calcium [7] for essential body functions, the pituitary gland stimulates the parathyroid glands to produce parathyroid hormone for the purpose of getting calcium [7] from bone tissue which is less essential to life.

Unfortunately, the bones become depleted of calcium [7] and become soft and disfigured.

What Is Osteitis Fibrosa Cystica In Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity?


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