Journal article

Denosumab Reduces Cortical Porosity of the Proximal Femoral Shaft in Postmenopausal Women With Osteoporosis

Roger Zebaze, Cesar Libanati, Michael R McClung, Jose R Zanchetta, David L Kendler, Arne Hoiseth, Andrea Wang, Ali Ghasem-Zadeh, Ego Seeman

JOURNAL OF BONE AND MINERAL RESEARCH | WILEY | Published : 2016

Abstract

Hip fractures account for over one-half the morbidity, mortality, and cost associated with osteoporosis. Fragility of the proximal femur is the result of rapid and unbalanced bone remodeling events that excavate more bone than they deposit, producing a porous, thinned, and fragile cortex. We hypothesized that the slowing of remodeling during treatment with denosumab allows refilling of the many cavities excavated before treatment now opposed by excavation of fewer new resorption cavities. The resulting net effect is a reduction in cortical porosity and an increase in proximal femur strength. Images were acquired at baseline and 36 months using multidetector CT in 28 women receiving denosumab..

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