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Low bone mineral density is related to male gender and decreased functional capacity in early spondylarthropathies

Low bone mineral density is related to male gender and decreased functional capacity in early spondylarthropathies

Posted on: 9/7/2010

An article in Clinical Rheumatology examines the prevalence and risk factors of low bone mineral density (BMD) in early stages of spondylarthropathies (SpA).

The authors found that, “In total, 9% of the early SpA patients had osteoporosis, 38% osteopenia, and 53% normal BMD.” And that, “In early SpA patients, a high frequency (47%) of low BMD in femur as well as in lumbar spine was found.”

Overall, the researches conclude that, “Low BMD was associated with male gender and decreased functional capacity. These findings emphasize the need for more alertness for osteoporosis and osteopenia in spondylarthropathy patients at an early stage of the disease.”

To read the abstract, click here.

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