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Chest. 2002 Apr;121(4):1363-4.

Pamidronate results in symptom control of hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy in cystic fibrosis.

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Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit and University of Queensland, The Prince Charles Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.


Hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy (HPOA) may complicate the advanced lung disease that is associated with cystic fibrosis, resulting in severe joint pain and early-morning stiffness. Symptoms are usually controlled with the administration of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physiotherapy, and, on occasions, oral corticosteroids. This report describes a case of refractory HPOA with complete remission following the administration of IV pamidronate, which is a potent inhibitor of osteoclastic bone resorption. Symptom relief resulted for up to 3 months, but repeated courses of pamidronate have been required to maintain symptom control.

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