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E. Michael Lewiecki, MD, FACP, FACE
Osteoporosis Director
New Mexico Clinical Research & Osteoporosis Center
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Albuquerque, NM

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7 Responses to Detection of Osteoporosis in High-Risk Patients Prior to a Fracture

  1. Profile photo of CME Corner CME Corner says:

    Dr. Lewiecki: How do you determine how long to treat a patient with osteoporosis?

  2. Jan Koharik says:

    After normalization of the t-score and being on Actonel for approximately 2 yrs, I was taken off the med. My subsequent T-scores have not shown osteopenia or osteoporosis. Do I continue to need Dexa-scan testing and how often?
    Is this the normal course of events, that the biphosphates cure a T-score indicative of osteoporosis/osteopenia for a life time? Or is there a point in time where the clinical effects of the meds ware off??

  3. Profile photo of Petz Petz says:

    Treatment can continue indefinitely or one can be given a year off periodically, I am not sure after how much time.

  4. Profile photo of CHAVARRIA CHAVARRIA says:

    I would continue to evaluate her with a DEXA in 1-2 years and 3thereafter

  5. Profile photo of CHAVARRIA CHAVARRIA says:

    very informative, thank you

  6. Profile photo of Jake Jake says:

    Many providers do not use any screening are there clinical practice guidelines

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