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Diagnosis Checklist: Osteoporosis

Diagnosis Checklist: Osteoporosis

  • Bone Densitometry Examination (©ImagePointFrShutterstock.com)
    Bone Densitometry Examination (©ImagePointFrShutterstock.com)

Women with osteoporosis may not know they have osteoporosis until their first fracture. Writing in the Dec. 12 issue of JAMA, Nelson B. Watts, M.D., of Mercy Health in Cincinnati, and JoAnn E. Manson, M.D., DrPH, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, say that fractures due to osteoporosis are more common than the combination of stroke, myocardial infarction and breast cancer in postmenopausal women. Left undiagnosed and untreated, osteoporosis-related bone fractures can lead to disability and increased risk of mortality. Providing accurate information that demonstrates the benefits of treatment can outweigh the risks and can aid in patient adherence long-term, Drs. Watts and Manson wrote. In this slideshow, we outline a few reminders for physicians when evaluating patients for osteoporosis.

 

References: 

Nelson B. Watts, MD; JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH. "Osteoporosis and Fracture Risk Evaluation and Management Shared Decision Making in Clinical Practice," JAMA. Published online Dec. 12, 2016. DOI:10.1001/jama.2016.19087

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