Center for Bone Health

If your child has evidence of weak bones or is at risk of developing weak bones due to immobility, a restricted diet or chronic steroid use, the Center for Bone Health at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) provides coordinated, comprehensive care.

The Center for Bone Health at CHOP is the only pediatric bone center in the region that provides both clinical care and bone densitometry (DXA) interpretation. Our center is recognized as a leader in the field of pediatric bone research and has the enthusiastic support and collaboration from many divisions within the Hospital.

Some of the conditions we treat include:

  • Complex disorders of vitamin D metabolism
  • Fibrous dysplasia
  • Generalized arterial calcification of infancy
  • Hypercalcemia
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypocalcemia
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Hypophosphatasia
  • Hypophosphatemia
  • Kidney stones
  • Low bone density and osteoporosis
  • McCune-Albright syndrome
  • Multiple or fragility fractures
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pseudohypoparathyroidism
  • Rickets
  • Skeletal dysplasia

Outpatient service

The Bone Health Outpatient Service allows patients to see multiple providers (physician, dietitian and physical therapist) all on one day, in one visit, and in the same outpatient setting. The patients undergo a complete evaluation, which consists of a medical assessment by a physician, nutritional assessment by a registered dietitian and physical activity/motor evaluation by a physical therapist. A comprehensive plan of care is put together for each patient, consisting of necessary lab tests, nutrition interventions, physical activity recommendations and follow-up care as needed.

Inpatient consultation service

Specialists affiliated with the Center for Bone Health provide consultative services to support the management of hospitalized infants and children who have disorders of bone and mineral metabolism. Our experts are available to evaluate children throughout the Hospital and develop personalized management plans, in collaboration with various other specialties, to care for patients at risk for fragile bones and metabolic bone disease.

Fragile Bone Initiative

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recognizes the special needs of children with fragile bones and is committed to protecting them. CHOP implemented the Fragile Bones Initiative throughout the Hospital to identify patients at increased risk for fractures and emphasize safe handling precautions.