Surya Besant Natarajan, Krishna Prasanth Baalann
Received: 29 Sep 2021 - Accepted: 04 Oct 2021 - Published: 13 Oct 2021
Domain: Orthopedic surgery
Keywords: Osteogenesis imperfecta, brittle bone disease, genetic disease
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Cite this article: Surya Besant Natarajan et al. Osteogenesis imperfecta. Pan African Medical Journal. 2021;40:98. [doi: 10.11604/pamj.2021.40.98.31815]
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Osteogenesis imperfecta is a rare hereditary connective tissue disorder that affects the bones fragility. It causes the bones to break easily. The defective gene affects the body mechanism to form collagen, which strengthens the bone. A 20-year-old male patient came with complaints of pain in the left leg since morning. He was a known case of osteogenesis imperfecta and already had a history of fracture 6 months back in the right upper limb. On local examination of left leg swelling present, tenderness present, sensations intact and restricted range of motion. X-ray showed fracture of shaft of left tibial bone. The patient was on plaster of Paris for 6 weeks. The patient was advised for regular physiotherapy and to follow-up with the orthopedic surgeon.
Figure 1: examination findings-protrusion of shaft of left tibial bone