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Osteoporosis, a progressive reduction in the quantity of bone with age, contributes to the increasing incidence of fractures with advancing age (1, 2). Hip fractures are the most important consequence of osteoporosis. About 247 000 hip fractures occurred in the United States during 1985 (3), accounting for most of the estimated $7 billion to $10 billion in health care costs attributed to osteoporosis. (Kelsey JL. Personal communication.) Fractures of the vertebras, distal forearm, proximal humerus, pelvis, and ribs may also be attributable to decreases in bone strength with advancing age (4).
Several methods have been used to measure the quantity
. Bone Mineral Densitometry. Ann Intern Med. 1987;107:932–936. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-6-932
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(6):932-936.
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