Which tests should be performed in the workup of osteoporosis?

Updated: Jan 20, 2021
  • Author: Rachel Elizabeth Whitaker Elam, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The workup consists of appropriate laboratory studies to look for potential secondary causes of osteoporosis and to determine, if needed, what pharmacologic therapies for osteoporosis might be safe to utilize. Measurements of bone mineral density (BMD) to estimate the risk of fracture are indicated.

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