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Praxisklinik für Diagnostik
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H. R. Schröter,
Dr. N. Kühne
Dr. K. Martchenko
About 30% of the population will suffer from osteoporosis when turning 75. With this insidious disease, the bones significantly lose stability. The WHO lists it as one of the ten most important diseases. As it often remains undetected, it is important to clarify potential cases with preventive examinations.
Osteoporosis, also known as "bone decalcification" or "atrophy", is a frequent disease. It often remains undetected, though, which may lead to severe consequences. The lower the content of calcium salts in the bones, the more frequent are fractures that might even result from rather harmless incidents. In the worst of all cases, this can lead to permanent immobilization and confinement to bed.
Most vulnerable are the femurs, the femoral neck and the vertebral bodies, of the lumbar spine in particular.
Who is at risk?
Causes of osteoporosis can be genetic factors (e.g. osteoporosis of the mother), but also smoking, chronic inflammatory diseases, side effects of many medications (e.g. cortisone) and a generally reduced uptake of calcium (e.g. in cases of lactose intolerance).
Recommendations for bone density scans are issued in reference to age, sex, and potential risk factors. The indications for bone density scans generally hold for women from the age of 70 and men from the age of 80.
What can be done?
DXA screenings are a worldwide established standard procedure working with a very low x-radiation and harmless for the patient. The examination takes about 10 minutes and there is no need for preparation for the patient. Results are available immediately after the screening and will be discussed. A follow-up appointment should be made if signs of disease indicate profound consequences. The endocrinology consulting hours (Prof. Dr. Jörg Bojunga) are an ideal offer for that purpose. The disease can be treated in different ways when detected early enough.
What can we at Praxis Schröter do for you?
We at Praxis Schröter have a DXA scan device of the latest generation at our disposal (Hologic Explorer). Either your family doctor can refer you to us for an examination or you directly make an appointment with us. Appointments can directly made by Praxis Schröter or PKD am Städel.
What about the costs?
A DXA screening costs roughly € 70 which will only be covered by statutory health insurance if a fracture due to osteoporosis has already occurred or osteoporosis has already been identified. In the case of private insurance patients, the screening cost will always be reimbursed.
For further information on the subject, please see this article published by SPIEGEL ONLINE on April 17th, 2013
The newsletter does not claim to be exhaustive with regard to the information on the topic. It does not replace the guidelines and is only meant as an information tool issued by the practice.