Treatment of osteogenesis imperfecta with parathyroid hormone and zoledronic acid
Osteogenesis imperfecta / Posted 3 years ago
Osteogenesis imperfect (OI) or brittle bone disease is an inherited condition in which the bones of the skeleton break (fracture) more easily than normal, often in response to a minor injury and sometimes for no reason at all. There is no cure for OI and no treatment has been convincingly shown to reduce the risk of breaking bones. Many doctors treat OI patients with drugs called bisphosphonates, such as zoledronic acid, which are also used in osteoporosis (gradual bone loss that leads to weakened bones), but it’s not clear if they are effective at preventing fractures in OI. Teriparatide (TPTD) is a form of parathyroid hormone, which works by activating bone building cells in the body. The aim of this study is to determine if it is possible to reduce the risk of fractures occurring in OI by using a combination of treatments which will strengthen the skeleton as compared with standard care.