Metabolic Bone Clinic :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Metabolic Bone Clinic

The Metabolic Bone Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital offers children and adolescents with low bone density access to comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and management of various skeletal disorders. Once considered a disease primarily affecting postmenopausal women, osteopenia/osteoporosis has become an increasing health concern in pediatric medicine. Mineralization of bone is a dynamic process that occurs continually throughout childhood until peak bone mass is attained during late adolescence and early adulthood.

Because this process is affected by multiple factors, including nutrition, physicial activity, chronic illness, and medications, many children experience disturbances in normal bone growth and mineralization, which can have both immediate and long-term consequences on their overall health.

At Nationwide Children’s Bone Clinic, we strive to provide comprehensive, compassionate, and quality care as we work towards our goal of improving children’s bone health.

Conditions Treated

Primary Osteopenia/Osteoporosis, Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI)
Osteopenia/Osteoporosis secondary to chronic medical disorders including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Malabsorption
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Chronic renal disease
  • Sustained glucocorticoid therapy
  • Pediatric cancer
  • Cerebral palsy/Immobilization
  • Rheumatologic disorders
  • Rickets
  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Hypophosphatasia
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Osteopetrosis
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)

Comprehensive Services

  • Laboratory evaluation to identify any nutritional, hormonal, or metabolic abnormalities
  • Assessment of bone mineral density (BMD) using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scans
  • Treatment with IV or oral bisphosphonates
  • Comprehensive genetic counseling and evaluation available for congenital and familial causes of metabolic bone disease
  • Potential for enrollment in research studies investigating the efficacy and safety of medications to treat low bone density in children and adolescents
  • Dentistry consultations available for patients receiving bisphosphonate treatment
  • Nutrition assessments performed as needed

Location and Clinic Hours

Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Outpatient Care Center
555 S. 18th Street
5 floor, Suite A
Columbus, OH 43205

Hours: Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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To schedule an appointment, please call (614) 722-6200 from 8 a.m to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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Metabolic Bone Clinic Team

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000