Clinical manifestations in adult patients with XLH

Clinical manifestations in adults with XLH arise from1,2:

  • New and continuing symptoms as a result of ongoing, active disease
  • Unresolved complications of XLH from childhood
Skeletal manifestations

Several types of fractures, including

insufficiency fractures and Looser zones,4-6

can develop as a consequence of long-term weight bearing on weakened bones.1

These manifestations commonly result in spontaneous insufficiency fractures in the lower extremities and weight-bearing bones1

Nearly half of XLH patients reporting ever having fractures, with an average age at first fracture of 26.42

Due to the lifelong and progressive nature of XLH,2,7-10 assessment is recommended
Skeletal manifestations continue into adulthood1,2,11

Ongoing, active disease in adults with XLH can cause several skeletal manifestations as a result of osteomalacia, or weakened bone.

Reported symptoms of osteomalacia include bone pain, muscle weakness and difficulty walking.

Frequency of skeletal and dental impairment in 232 adult XLH patients2

Bone repair and osteomalacia

Normal Bone Formation7,12,13
  • Osteoclasts bind and initiate bone remodelling to repair bone damage
    • The mineralisation front should normally occupy >80% of the osteoid surface, with a slight decrease in older patientsa
  • Osteoclasts have reduced ability to bind and initiate bone remodelling on undermineralised bone
    • A mineralisation front of <20% represents a definite calcification defecta
aDefinitive normal values for the measurements made in bone morphometry vary between laboratories.12
Ongoing, active disease in adults with XLH can lead to impaired physical function.2

Adult patients with XLH most commonly report decreased range of motion, and gait disturbances, as well as pain and the need for walking assistance.2,8

Due to the lifelong and progressive nature of XLH,2, 7-10 assessment is recommended
Most frequently reported physical function limitations in 232 adult XLH patients2
Many adults with XLH have significantly impaired quality of life2

Pain, stiffness, and decreased physical function are the most common contributors to impaired quality of life in adults with symptomatic XLH.2

Due to the lifelong and progressive nature of XLH,2,7-10 assessment is recommended
Complications associated with lower quality of life in adult XLH patients2
See the clinical manifestations 
of XLH in paediatric and adult patients

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