De impact van osteoporotische fracturen op het dagelijks functioneren is aanzienlijk, onder andere door pijn, afgenomen zelfstandigheid en verlies aan arbeidscapaciteit. De beschikbare diagnostiek en goedkope behandelopties maken osteoporose geschikt voor primaire en secundaire preventie. In dit leerartikel geven wij antwoord op vragen uit de praktijk over osteoporose.
Osteoporosis is a common condition in older people. This condition leads to increased risk of fractures and is associated with morbidity and mortality. The number of patients with osteoporosis will increase significantly in the years to come due to the increasing numbers of older people and increasing life expectancy. This will be accompanied by increasing demand for care and clinical practice will be faced with questions about therapeutic options and the optimal treatment duration for patients with osteoporosis or increased risk of fractures. In this educational article, we are using practical questions to provide an overview of pathophysiology, diagnostics and treatment of osteoporosis and increased risk of fractures.
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