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Title: Cyclical etidronate increases bone density in the spine and hip of postmenopausal women receiving long term corticosteroid treatment. A double blind, randomised placebo controlled study
Authors: GEUSENS, Piet
Dequeker, J
VANHOOF, Johan
STALMANS, Rita
Boonen, S
Joly, J
Nijs, J
RAUS, Jef
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: BRITISH MED JOURNAL PUBL GROUP
Citation: ANNALS OF THE RHEUMATIC DISEASES, 57(12). p. 724-727
Abstract: Objective-To study the effect of cyclic etidronate in secondary prevention of corticosteroid induced osteoporosis. Methods-A double blind, randomised placebo controlled study comparing cyclic etidronate and placebo during two years in 37 postmenopausal women receiving long term corticosteroid treatment, mainly for polymyalgia rheumatica (40% of the patients) and rheumatoid arthritis (30%). Bone density was measured in the lumbar spine, femoral neck, and femoral trochanter. Results-After two years of treatment there was a significant difference between the groups in mean per cent change from baseline in bone density in the spine in favour of etidronate (p=0.003). The estimated treatment difference (mean (SD)) was 9.3 (2.1)%. Etidronate increased bone density in the spine (4.9 (2.1)%, p<0.05) whereas the placebo group lost bone (-2.4 (1.6)%). At the femoral neck there was an estimated difference of 5.3 (2.6)% between the groups (etidronate: 3.6 (1.4)%, p<0.05, placebo: -2.4 (2.1)%). The estimated difference at the trochanter was 8.2 (3.0) (etidronate: 9.0 (1.5)%, p<0.0001, placebo: 0.5 (2.3)%). No significant bone loss occurred in the hip in placebo treated patients. Conclusions-Cyclic etidronate is an effective treatment for postmenopausal women receiving corticosteroid treatment and is well tolerated.
Notes: Limburgs Univ Ctr, Dr L Willems Inst, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. Akad Ziekenhuis Maastricht, Dept Rheumatol, Maastricht, Netherlands. KU Leuven, Arthrit & Metab Bone Dis Res Unit, Louvain, Belgium. KU Leuven, Dept Geriatr Med, Louvain, Belgium.Geusens, P, Limburgs Univ Ctr, Dr L Willems Inst, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/3174
ISI #: 000077744800005
ISSN: 0003-4967
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2000
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