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Measurement of radial bone mineral density in patients after heart transplantation

A M Garlicki, F Orchowski, T Myrdko, S Wojcik, E Czerwinski, R Kukielka, B Kapelak, A Dziatkowiak

Ann Transplant 1996; 1(4): 32-34

ID: 496683

Limited physical activity. steroidotherapy and immunosuppression are known risk factors for the development of osteoporosis. The purpose of our current work was to investigate whether patients after heart transplantation (Htx) have an increased incidence of osteoporosis. We compared bone mineral density (BMD) in 32 post-transplant patients with a reference group of 1548 healthy agematched males. Measurement of BMD was carried out with a Dtx 100 Osteometer on the distal and ultradistal segment of the non-dominant radius. Our results revealed a decreased BMD in HTx patients ranging from 6,9 to 10% in the ultradistal (p=O,0446) and from 0,4 to 3,5% in the distal segment (p=O,0593).

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