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Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1987 Oct;12(8):744-5.

Relationship between kyphosis, scoliosis, and osteoporosis in the elderly population.

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  • 1Service de Rhumatologie, Centre A. Verhaeghe, Centre HosilatiĆ©r Regional et Universitaire de Lille, Hospital de la Ceder, France.


In 56 valid subjects 60 years old or more, bone mineral content (BMC) of the second, third, and fourth lumbar vertebrae and of femoral neck was measured by dual-photon absorptiometry. Dorsal kyphosis and lumbar and dorso-lumbar scoliosis were determined from radiographs using the Cobb methods. Kyphosis was positively correlated with low BMC but not with scoliosis. Scoliosis was positively correlated with femoral neck BMC but not with vertebral BMC.

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