Journal article

Role of cortical bone in bone fragility

Yohann Bala, Roger Zebaze, Ego Seeman

CURRENT OPINION IN RHEUMATOLOGY | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2015

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Trabecular bone loss and vertebral fractures are historical hallmarks of osteoporosis. During the past 70 years, this view has dominated research aiming to understand the structural basis of bone fragility. We suggest this notion needs to be revised to recognize and include the role of cortical bone deterioration as an important determinant of bone strength throughout life. RECENT FINDINGS: About 80% of the fragility fractures involve the appendicular skeleton, at regions comprising large amounts of cortical bone. Up to 70% of the age-related bone loss at these locations is the result of intracortical remodeling that cavitates cortical bone producing porosity. It is now po..

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