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
HENRIQUEZ MS, LEON PB, TURON AFTM, RODRIGUEZ MN. Bone Disease in Alcohol Abuse. Ann Intern Med. 1986;104:893. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-104-6-893_1
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