What are the treatment options for osteoporosis in cirrhosis?

Updated: Jul 30, 2018
  • Author: David C Wolf, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF, FAASLD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Patients with cirrhosis may develop osteoporosis. Supplementation with calcium and vitamin D is important in patients at high risk for osteoporosis, especially patients with chronic cholestasis or primary biliary cirrhosis and patients receiving corticosteroids for autoimmune hepatitis. The discovery on bone densitometry studies of decreased bone mineralization may prompt the institution of therapy with an aminobisphosphonate (eg, alendronate sodium).


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