Chronic kidney disease found in 76% of osteoporosis cases

Patients with osteoporosis should be screened for chronic kidney disease (CKD), research findings from Ireland suggest.

CKD found in osteoporosis patients
CKD found in osteoporosis patients

Renal status is rarely considered in osteoporotic patients, despite evidence of bone disease once glomerular filtration rate (GFR) falls below 60ml/min.

For the latest study, 175 patients with osteoporosis, who were attending a specialist bone clinic between 2003 and 2006, were examined for CKD.

The research showed that 76 per cent of the patients had a GFR below 60ml/min, indicating moderate to severe CKD. The remainder were found to have mild CKD.

Patients with moderate to severe CKD were aged 80 years on average, compared with 74 for those with mild CKD.

Patients with moderate to severe CKD also had significantly lower bone mass density at the hip and spine than those with mild CKD.

Additionally, moderate to severe CKD was associated with higher bone turnover and a twofold increased risk of vertebral fracture.

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