Journal article

Deterioration of Cortical and Trabecular Microstructure Identifies Women With Osteopenia or Normal Bone Mineral Density at Imminent and Long-Term Risk for Fragility Fracture: A Prospective Study

Roland Chapurlat, Minh Bui, Elisabeth Sornay-Rendu, Roger Zebaze, Pierre D Delmas, Danny Liew, Eric Lespessailles, Ego Seeman

Journal of Bone and Mineral Research | WILEY | Published : 2020


More than 70% of women sustaining fractures have osteopenia or "normal" bone mineral density (BMD). These women remain undetected using the BMD threshold of -2.5 SD for osteoporosis. As microstructural deterioration increases bone fragility disproportionate to the bone loss producing osteopenia/normal BMD, we hypothesized that the structural fragility score (SFS) of ≥70 units, a measure capturing severe cortical and trabecular deterioration, will identify these women. Distal radial images were acquired using high-resolution peripheral quantitative tomography in postmenopausal French women, mean age 67 years (range 42-96 years); 1539 women were followed for 4 years (QUALYOR) and 561 women fol..

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