Glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis

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Abstract

Glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis is a significant problem in patients receiving glucocorticoids after transplantation and for the treatment of parenchymal renal disease and rheumatological disorders. Frequently, patients are not evaluated or treated appropriately for glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis. Bone loss occurs early after the administration of high-dose glucocorticoid therapy. Elderly patients with low bone densities before the initiation of glucocorticoid therapy are at particular risk of developing significant bone loss that could result in fractures. New information is now available concerning the mechanisms by which glucocorticoid-associated bone disease occurs. New therapies with anti-resorptive agents such as bisphosphonates and with anabolic agents such as parathyroid hormone offer the prospect of effective treatment of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)589-595
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent opinion in nephrology and hypertension
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 5 2001

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Nephrology

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