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Determining risk of vertebral osteoporosis in men

Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, March 1, 2010

Vertebral fracture, one of the most frequent osteoporotic fractures in both sexes, is a powerful indicator of future osteoporotic fractures. Vertebral fractures are associated with increased mortality and decreased quality of life. Osteoporosis is a major predictor of low-trauma fracture. The Male Osteoporosis Risk Estimation Score, a clinical prediction tool that uses age, weight and a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, was developed and validated previously to identify men at risk for hip osteoporosis who might benefit from bone densitometry. A new study by UTMB researchers Dr. Angela J. Shepherd, Dr. Alvah R. Cass and Laura Ray evaluated the effectiveness of the MORES to identify men at risk of lumbar osteoporosis.

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