M. SOSA HENRIQUEZ, M.D.; P. BETANCOR LEON, M.D.; A. FONT THE MORA TURON, M.D.; M.C. NAVARRO RODRIGUEZ
To the editor: Bikle and associates (1) have recently emphasized the relation between bone disease and alcoholism. In their eight patients, they found a marked reduction in active bone resorption and bone formation. Nevertheless, serum levels of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcifediol (25-hydroxyvitamin D3), calcitriol (1α, 25-dihydroxyvitamin D3), parathyroid hormone, and nephrogenous cyclic adenosine monophosphate; and urinary levels of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium; and maximum tubular resorption of phosphate were normal. The authors therefore suggested that the bone disease in these patients was due to an inhibition of bone remodeling through a mechanism independent of the calciotropic hormones.
Osteopenia in alcohol
M. SOSA HENRIQUEZ, P. BETANCOR LEON, A. FONT THE MORA TURON, M.C. NAVARRO RODRIGUEZ. Bone Disease in Alcohol Abuse. Ann Intern Med. 1986;104:893. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-6-893_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;104(6):893.
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