Fatma YeŞİm Kutsal, Gİzem Olgu Ergİn Erganİ,
Vertebral compression fracture is a hallmark of osteoporosis and by far and away the most prevalent fragility fracture. It is well proven that, patients who develop a vertebral compression fracture are at substantial risk for additional fractures. Diagnosis is based on adequate clinical evaluation, imaging and laboratory tests. Imaging of osteoporosis and fragility fractures includes conventional radiology to evaluate spinal fractures, bone mineral density testing by dual energy x ray densitometry, quantitative computerized tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, bone scintigraphy if necessary and ultrasound. Screening and treatment of individuals with high risk of osteoporotic fracture is cost-effective, but approximately two thirds of the vertebral compression fractures that occur each year are not accurately diagnosed and therefore not treated. Evaluation of the vertebral compression fractures, even though they may be asymptomatic, seems essential to health related and/or clinical researches on osteoporosis.
Turk J Med Sci (Turkish journal of medical sciences)
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