What is osteoporosis?

Updated: Sep 26, 2019
  • Author: Monique Bethel, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Osteoporosis (see the image below) is the most common metabolic bone disease in the United States and can result in devastating physical, psychosocial, and economic consequences. It is often overlooked and undertreated, however, in large part because it is clinically silent before manifesting as fracture.

Osteoporosis. Lateral radiograph demonstrates mult Osteoporosis. Lateral radiograph demonstrates multiple osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures. Kyphoplasty has been performed at one level.

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