Annie Vesterby

Marked changes in iliac crest bone structure in postmenopausal osteoporotic patients without any signs of disturbed bone remodeling or balance

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Successful iliac crest bone biopsies were obtained from 63 women with postmenopausal vertebral crush fracture osteoporosis. Structural and static histomorphometric parameters were compared with 25 age-matched normal females, who had suffered an unexpected and sudden death. The control group for dynamic parameters comprised 13 younger normal females. Marked structural changes were observed in the osteoporotic patients in cortical as well as cancellous bone. Cortical width, trabecular volume, trabecular bone surface density and trabecular number were all reduced, whereas trabecular separation and star volume were increased. On the other hand trabecular thickness was normal in the patients. These structural changes in cancellous bone indicate that extensive perforations of trabecular plates have occurred or that whole trabecular elements have been removed. The remodeling cycles of cancellous bone surface and the frequency by which they were repeated (activation frequency) did not differ significantly between osteoporotic patients and normal younger women. The bone balance per remodeling cycle in osteoporotic patients and controls was not significantly different. No subset of individuals in the group of osteoporotic patients could be identified regarding extent of resorptive and formative surfaces, bone formation rate or activation frequency. In the present osteoporotic patients nothing in the ongoing remodeling process could explain the marked changes in bone structure. The pathophysiological changes leading to osteoporosis may therefore occur earlier in life, maybe long before the manifestation of the disease.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftBone
Vol/bind15
Nummer1
Sider (fra-til)73-9
Antal sider7
ISSN8756-3282
StatusUdgivet - 1994

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