alexa Impairment of bone turnover in elderly women with hip fracture.


Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

Author(s): Akesson K, Vergnaud P, Gineyts E, Delmas PD, Obrant KJ

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Abstract Hip fracture is one of the most severe consequences of osteoporosis affecting aged women. However, abnormalities of bone turnover responsible for bone loss in this condition have not been clearly defined. To further evaluate the bone metabolic status of women sustaining hip fracture, we have prospectively measured serum osteocalcin as a marker of bone formation and urinary excretion of pyridinoline (Pyr) and deoxypyridinoline (D-pyr) cross-links as markers of bone collagen degradation in 174 independently living women (80 +/- 8 years) within a few hours after a hip fracture. Comparison was made with 77 age-matched controls (80 +/- 5 years) and 17 premenopausal women (39 +/- 3 years). In addition 15 of the patients were followed with daily measurements during the first postoperative week. At the time of admission osteocalcin was 20\% lower in the fractured women compared to the elderly controls (7.6 +/- 3.8 vs. 9.5 +/- 4.5 ng/ml, P = 0.001). Pyr and D-pyr were 36\% and 40\% higher, respectively (P = 0.0001), than in elderly controls and 85\% and 76\% higher than in premenopausal controls (P = 0.0001). Serum osteocalcin did not correlate with the cortisol level measured at the same time (r = 0.03, ns), nor with serum albumin and creatinine. Serum osteocalcin remained unchanged within 18 hours after fracture, whereafter it progressively decreased until the third postoperative day. No correlation was noted between the excretion of pyridinoline cross-links and the time elapsed from fracture.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
This article was published in Calcif Tissue Int and referenced in Journal of Addiction Research & Therapy

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