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Osteoporos Int. 2008 Apr;19(4):399-428. doi: 10.1007/s00198-008-0560-z. Epub 2008 Feb 12.

European guidance for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.

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  • 1WHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases, University of Sheffield Medical School, Beech Hill Road, Sheffield S10 2RX, UK. w.j.Pontefract@shef.ac.uk

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  • Osteoporos Int. 2008 Jul;19(7): 1103-4..

Abstract

Guidance is provided in a European setting on the assessment and treatment of postmenopausal women with or at risk from osteoporosis.

INTRODUCTION:

The European Foundation for Osteoporosis and Bone disease (subsequently the International Osteoporosis Foundation) published guidelines for the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis in 1997. This manuscript updates these in a European setting.

METHODS:

The following areas are reviewed: the role of bone mineral density measurement for the diagnosis of osteoporosis and assessment of fracture risk; general and pharmacological management of osteoporosis; monitoring of treatment; assessment of fracture risk; case finding strategies; investigation of patients; health economics of treatment.

RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS:

A platform is provided on which specific guidelines can be developed for national use.

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