Journal article

Trabecular and Cortical Microstructure and Fragility of the Distal Radius in Women

Yohann Bala, Minh Bui Quang, Xiao-Fang Wang, Sandra Iuliano, Qingju Wang, Ali Ghasem-Zadeh, Tamara D Rozental, Mary L Bouxsein, Roger MD Zebaze, Ego Seeman

JOURNAL OF BONE AND MINERAL RESEARCH | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015

Abstract

Fragility fractures commonly involve metaphyses. The distal radius is assembled with a thin cortex formed by fusion (corticalization) of trabeculae arising from the periphery of the growth plate. Centrally positioned trabeculae reinforce the thin cortex and transfer loads from the joint to the proximal thicker cortical bone. We hypothesized that growth- and age-related deficits in trabecular bone disrupt this frugally assembled microarchitecture, producing bone fragility. The microarchitecture of the distal radius was measured using high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography in 135 females with distal radial fractures, including 32 girls (aged 7 to 18 years), 35 premenopausa..

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