Evaluation and Treatment of Osteoporosis

Publication date: July 2016
Source:Medical Clinics of North America, Volume 100, Issue 4

Author(s): Kim M. O’Connor


As the population ages, the rates of osteoporotic fractures will increase, with postmenopausal women incurring most of these fractures. Diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis are extremely important. Dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry scan screening is recommended in all women more than 65 years of age or in women aged 50 to 64 years with certain risk factors. Treatment should be considered if osteoporosis is present, there is a history of fragility fracture, or in the setting of osteopenia plus high risk for fracture.

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