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Eleven years of experience with bisphosphonate plus alfacalcidol treatment in a man with osteogenesis imperfecta type I

Authors Iwamoto J, Sato Y, Uzawa M, Matsumoto H

Received 21 September 2012

Accepted for publication 20 November 2012

Published 28 December 2012 Volume 2013:9 Pages 1—7


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Jun Iwamoto,1 Yoshihiro Sato,2 Mitsuyoshi Uzawa,3 Hideo Matsumoto1

1Institute for Integrated Sports Medicine, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, 2Department of Neurology, Mitate Hospital, Fukuoka, 3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Keiyu Orthopaedic Hospital, Gunma, Japan

Abstract: We report the 11-year follow-up of a man with osteogenesis imperfecta type I who was treated with bisphosphonates and alfacalcidol. A 36-year-old Japanese man with osteogenesis imperfecta type I who had frequently experienced painful fragility fractures consulted our clinic because of chronic back pain. The patient had multiple morphometric vertebral fractures and a low bone mineral density (BMD) at the lumbar spine. The patient was treated with cyclical etidronate 200 mg, for 2 weeks every 3 months, plus alfacalcidol 1 µg daily, for 2 years; and alendronate 5 mg daily or 35 mg weekly, plus alfacalcidol 1 µg daily for 9 years. After 11 years of treatment, BMD at the lumbar spine increased by 6.4%, following a 20.3% reduction in serum alkaline phosphatase. Serum calcium, phosphorus, and intact parathyroid hormone levels remained within the normal ranges. Three clinical fractures occurred at two ribs and the metacarpus, and two morphometric vertebral fractures occurred at the thoracic spine during the 11-year treatment period, but the patient experienced no adverse effects. Thus, the present case report shows the long-term outcome and safety of bisphosphonate plus alfacalcidol treatment in a man with osteogenesis imperfecta type I.

Keywords: etidronate, alendronate, fragility fracture, bone mineral density, osteogenesis imperfecta

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