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Male transient hip osteoporosis: are physicians at a higher risk?

Authors
Journal
Archives of Osteoporosis
1862-3522
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Volume
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11657-009-0025-9
Keywords
  • Original Article
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Summary Data of 17 male patients with a final diagnosis of transient osteoporosis (TO) of the hip seen at the radiology department of a university hospital over a period of 7 years were retrospectively studied. Comparison of the proportion of doctors among TO cases with that among other hip joint pathologies revealed a significant difference. Purpose The objective of this study is to present clinical and radiological findings of hip TO and to assess the association of the condition with patients' occupation. Materials and methods Data of 17 male patients with a final diagnosis of transient osteoporosis of the hip seen at the radiology department of a university hospital over a period of 7 years were retrospectively studied. Results The diagnosis of transient hip osteoporosis was in accordance with the published literature for clinical, imaging findings, and laboratory results. Among the 17 cases of male transient hip osteoporosis, 65% were physicians and 12% were commercial pilots. Comparison of the proportion of doctors among TO cases with that among other hip joint pathologies revealed a significant difference. Abnormal low hormone levels of testosterone and 25-cholicalciferol (vitamin D) were detected in three and two patients, respectively. Conclusion The preponderance of physicians among patients with transient hip osteoporosis has not been previously reported. Etiological contribution of endocrine pathology and type of occupation to the causation of transient osteoporosis merits further research.

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