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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 29-31

New Technology : Fracture Risk Assessment



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Bharti Kalra


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Risk of fracture has traditionally been assessed by bone densitometry (1). However, good quality dual energy X-ray absorptometry (DXA) measurement remains out of reach of the vast majority of patients. A new tool (FRAXTM) (2) has been developed for assessment of fracture risk in individual aged 40 or more. It can used with, as well as without, bone mineral density (BMD) data. The FRAXTM utilizes clinical risk factors (CRFs) such as body mass index (BMI) past history of fracture, parental history of hip fracture, and causes of secondary osteoporosis. The causes of osteoporosis included in the model include used of oral glucocorticoids, rheumatoid arthritis, current smoking and alcohol intake. The fracture risk can be computed online, or with the help of downloaded tables. This tool is an efficient and simple way of determining fracture risk, even without availability of DXA.


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