Fracture risk assessment in postmenopausal women referred to an italian center for osteoporosis: A single day experience in messina

Antonino Catalano, Nancy Morabito, Giorgio Basile, Sergio Fusco, Graziella Castagna, Francesca Reitano, Raffaella Ciano Albanese, Antonino Lasco

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Abstract

Osteoporosis is a major cause of fragility fractures and these are responsible of large social burden; nevertheless, osteoporosis often remains an underdiagnosed disease. FRAX is a new and simple validate fracture risk assessment tool helping physicians to select patients at high risk of future fragility fractures. To promote early diagnosis of osteoporosis, we evaluated fracture risk by FRAX and performed phalangeal quantitative ultrasound (QUS) measurements in a population of postmenopausal women referring to our center during the World Osteoporosis Day on 20th October 2011. Eighty post-menopausal women (age 60.8±8.6) were screened and the risk of major osteoporotic and hip fractures over ten years was calculated by considering multiple clinical risk factors (CRFs). The median risk of major osteoporotic fracture (%) was 4.9 (3.5-8.6) in women younger than 55 years, 7.3 (5.4-11) in women aged between 55 and 65 years and 17.5 (11-27) in women older than 65 years; the median risk of hip fracture (%) was 0.6 (0.3-1.3), 1.5 (0.9-2.5) and 7.2 (3.1-14) respectively. QUS measurements, were lower in the older women and when multiple CRFs coexisted, and were found to correlate with fracture risk, especially with hip fracture risk (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-194
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
Volume10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

Keywords

  • Fragility fractures
  • FRAX
  • Osteoporosis
  • Prevention
  • Quantitative ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Internal Medicine

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