Fast Five Quiz: Assessment of Fracture Risk in Osteoporosis

Herbert S. Diamond, MD


November 23, 2020

Resorption markers can be used to assist in the assessment of fracture risk in selected patients in whom BMD and clinical risk factors are not sufficient to make a treatment decision. High levels of bone resorption markers are associated with a twofold increased risk for osteoporotic fractures. In individuals with osteoporosis, very high levels of bone turnover markers (T score > 3 SDs) is suggestive of other metabolic bone disease, including cancer. When measuring bone markers, normal values are reference values established in healthy premenopausal women aged 30-45 years.

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