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Potential underdiagnosis of osteoporosis in repeated vertebral augmentation for new vertebral compression fractures

Authors İlhan B, Tufan F, Bahat G, Karan MA

Received 24 July 2015

Accepted for publication 31 July 2015

Published 14 September 2015 Volume 2015:10 Pages 1475—1477


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Walker

Birkan İlhan, Fatih Tufan, Gülistan Bahat, Mehmet Akif Karan

Division of Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, Istanbul Medical School, Istanbul University, Istanbul, Turkey

We read with great interest the article by Liang et al “Repeated vertebral augmentation for new vertebral compression fractures of postvertebral augmentation patients: a nationwide cohort study”.1
In their study, the authors investigated the factors possibly associated with new vertebral compression fractures in patients who previously had vertebral augmentation procedures. They reported that osteoporosis (OP) was not observed as a risk factor for repeat vertebral augmentation. Among multiple chronic diseases, hypertension (HT) was reported as one factor associated with new vertebral fractures. Among the medications used to treat or prevent OP, they reported calcium/vitamin D, bisphosphonates, and calcitonin were associated with not having repeat vertebral augmentation. However, steroids, paracetamol, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were associated with having repeat vertebral augmentation. We would like to comment on their article.

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