Osteoporosis in premenopause. When are screening and treatment prudent?
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.
Recommended CitationDerk, Chris T., "Osteoporosis in premenopause. When are screening and treatment prudent?" (2006). Department of Medicine Faculty Papers. Paper 10.