Bone Geometry, Density, and Microarchitecture in the Distal Radius and Tibia in Adults With Marfan Syndrome Assessed by HR-pQCT

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  • Lars Folkestad, University of Southern Denmark
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  • Kristian A Groth
  • Vikram Shanbhogue, University of Southern Denmark
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  • Hanne Hove, University of Copenhagen
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  • Kasper Kyhl, Rigshospitalet
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  • John R Østergaard
  • Niklas Rye Jørgensen, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen
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  • Niels H Andersen, Department of Cardiology, Aalborg University Hospital
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  • Claus H Gravholt

Marfan Syndrom (MFS) is a hereditary disorder of connective tissue caused by mutations in the fibrillin-1 gene. Studies have shown that patients with MFS have lower bonemass but little is known about the other constituents of bone strength. We hypothesize that patients with MFS will have larger bone area and compromised cortical microarchitecture in comparison to non-MFS individuals. A total of 74 adult patients with MFS and 145 age and gender matched non-MFS reference individuals ( were included in this study. High-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT) at the distal radius and distal tibia and dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry of total hip and the lumbar spine were performed, and bone turn-over and sex hormones were measured. Patients with MFS had significantly lower areal bone mineral density (BMD) at the total spine (-13%) and total hip (-7%) when compared with the Patients with MFS had significantly larger total bone area at both the radius (+27%) and tibia (+34%). Volumetric BMD at both the measured sites showed significantly reduced total, trabecular and cortical volumetric BMD in patients with MFS compared to the The microarchitectural parameters at the radius and tibia were compromised in patients with MFS with significantly reduced trabecular number and thickness leading to a higher trabecular separation and significantly reduced cortical thickness and increased cortical porosity compared to the reference group. The differences in bone-density, -geometry or -microarchitecture was not explained by increased bone turnover markers or circulating levels of sex hormones. We conclude patients with MFS had altered bone geometry, altered bone microstructure and lower bone mass (lower aBMD and vBMD at all sites) compared to healthy reference individuals. Future studies should focus on fracture rates and fracture risk in adult and aging patients with MFS.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Pages (from-to) 2335-2344
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

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