TITLE

COMMENTARY: Etidronate, calcium, or both did not reduce fracture rates in patients with asthma receiving glucocorticoid treatment

AUTHOR(S)
Jamal, Sophie A.
PUB. DATE
March 2005
SOURCE
ACP Journal Club;Mar/Apr2005, Vol. 142 Issue 2, p44
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article comments on a study which examines the effects of etidronate, calcium, or placebo on bone mineral density (BMD) and fractures in patients taking oral or inhaled glucocorticoids or both for asthma. Patients randomized to etidronate had a 5% increase in lumbar spine BMD. No difference between groups existed in hip BMD or fractures. Findings from this study showing that etidronate decreases hip and nonspinal fractures in patients treated with steroids and in postmenopausal women suggest that etidronate is not the best choice.
ACCESSION #
16486590

 

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