Author(s): Cassidy JT, Langman CB, Allen SH, Hillman LS
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Abstract Osteopenia has emerged as a major determinant of the outcome of children with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. Although vertebral compression fractures and fractures of long bones were recognized historically as important clinical developments in the course of disease, a decrease in skeletal mass could only be quantitated and documented early in disease by the recent introduction of bone absorptiometry. This article is limited to recent data from studies on osteopenia in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and suggests directions of future research that have relevance to current unanswered questions in prevention or management.
This article was published in Pediatr Clin North Am
and referenced in Journal of Arthritis