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Osteogenesis imperfecta: perspectives and opportunities

Byers, Peter H. MD


The last 2 years have seen additions proposed to the very limited armamentarium of treatments for osteogenesis imperfecta. These include the use of bisphosphonates to decrease bone resorption, growth hormone to augment growth and collagen production, and bone marrow transplantation to create chimeras at the level of the collagen production unit in bone. Although there are optimistic proponents for each strategy, the lack of well-controlled studies and the absence of clearly defined objectives for therapy hinder clear assessment.

Departments of Pathology and Medicine (Medical Genetics), University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Correspondence to Peter H. Byers, MD, Department of Pathology, Box 357470, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-7470, USA; e-mail:

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