What is osteolysis? Osteolysis is the wearing down of your bones. Your bones become thin and weak.

What increases my risk for osteolysis? The following are the most common risk factors for osteolysis:

What are the signs and symptoms of osteolysis? There are no symptoms of osteolysis. Pain happens as osteolysis begins to affect tissue around or your bones, or your bones break.

How is osteolysis diagnosed? Tell your caregiver if you have a medical condition, or if you have had joint surgery. Your caregiver will check your joints and bones. You may need blood tests, and one or more of the following:

How is osteolysis treated? Treatment depends on the cause of your osteolysis. You may need any of the following:

What can I do to manage osteolysis and prevent fractures?

When should I contact my caregiver?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?


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