Screening for osteoporosis is indicated in patients with a history of which disorders?

Updated: Sep 26, 2019
  • Author: Monique Bethel, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Keep in mind that osteoporosis occurs in many people who have few or no risk factors for this condition. Often, patients who have not sustained a fracture do not report symptoms that would alert the clinician to suspect a diagnosis of osteoporosis; thus, this disease is a "silent thief" that generally does not become clinically apparent until a fracture occurs.

Screening at-risk populations is, therefore, essential; unfortunately, many women are not receiving proper screening or treatment for osteoporosis, which, in turn, may result in improper management of this disease and its related complications.  [93] For example, the existence of a disorder in a patient known to cause secondary osteoporosis—such as rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, or Crohn disease—should increase a clinician’s suspicion that osteoporosis may be present and that screening may be indicated.


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