Does Parkinson disease (PD) increase the risk of osteoporosis and osteopenia?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Consider evaluating patients with parkinsonism for osteoporosis and osteopenia. In a meta-analysis of 23 studies, Tornsey and colleagues found evidence that individuals with Parkinson disease have an increased risk for osteoporosis and osteopenia. [35, 36] A pooled analysis of 2 of the studies, for example, indicated that in patients with Parkinson disease, the odds ratio for developing osteoporosis, when compared with healthy controls, was 2.61, although the increase was lower in men than in women.


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