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Letters Vertebral fracture treatment

Clinicians need to treat underlying osteoporosis

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 10 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5040
  1. Denys A Wahl, science manager1,
  2. Cyrus Cooper, professor of rheumatology and director2,
  3. Steven Boonen, professor of clinical gerontology and geriatric medicine3
  1. 1International Osteoporosis Foundation, Nyon, Switzerland
  2. 2MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  3. 3Division of Gerontology and Geriatrics and Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, Leuven University Department of Experimental Medicine, Belgium
  1. dwahl{at}

Wilson asks how clinicians should treat vertebral fractures in the light of current evidence.1

A vertebral compression fracture signals a patient at high risk of subsequent fractures who should be managed appropriately.2 Vertebral fractures have debilitating consequences and even increase the …

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