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Low Bone Mineral Density Is Common in Axial Spondyloarthritis; More Awareness Required

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EULAR 208
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Cohort study, axSpA

Osteoporosis is typically related with inflammatory arthritis (IA). Although the impact of osteoporosis is well outlined in the general population and some IA, such as RA, it is often ignored in axSpA, which is a form of IA centred on sacroiliac joints and the spine. This can be explained by the fact that axSpA predominantly affects men, in whom osteoporosis is often not considered. As a result, osteoporosis prevalence figures are unclear, and a wide variation exists in the literature.

Accurate epidemiology regarding bone mineral density (BMD) in axSpA is crucial to understanding the impact of low BMD in this cohort. Investigating the prevalence of low BMD in a well-characterised axSpA cohort and exploring relationships (e.g. demographic, disease-related, laboratory) between BMD and axSpA were therefore the objectives of a research by Fitzgerald et al.[1]

A detailed assessment was performed on axSpA patients, including demographics, clinical characteristics, and lab...



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