Title

Osteoporosis in premenopause. When are screening and treatment prudent?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

June 2006

Comments

This article has been peer reviewed. It was published in Postgraduate Medicine 119(1): 8-15, June 2006, and is freely available from the publisher's site at http://postgradmed.com/issues/2006/06/008/.

Abstract

Osteoporosis is considered a disorder of postmenopausal women because bone mineral loss and accompanying fragility fractures are common in this group. However, certain premenopausal women are also at risk for osteoporosis. Because of a lack of screening and treatment guidelines for premenopausal women, it can be difficult to determine whether a low bone mineral density correlates with a disease such as osteoporosis and to predict the potential risk of a fracture and formulate the correct course of action. In this article, Dr. Derk identifies high-risk groups, presents an approach to judicious screening, and recommends prevention and treatment strategies.

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