Bone mineral density in steroid-dependent asthma assessed by peripheral quantitative computed tomography

H. Tsugeno, M. Nakai, M. Okamoto, S. Harada, T. Mifune, Fumihiro Mitsunobu, Kozo Ashida, Y. Hosaki, Y. Tanizaki, T. Tsuji

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Chronic use of systemic glucocorticoids results in progressive bone loss and pathologic fractures. This study identified the predictive variables for bone loss and used peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT) to measure changes in cortical and trabecular bone in patients receiving systemic glucocorticoid therapy of prednisone 15.4 g. Eighty-four asthmatic patients were included in the study. Vertebral fractures were diagnosed via plain spinal radiograms, pQCT was used to measure cortical and trabecular bone mineral density. Multiple regression analysis identified variables with predictive value. The cumulative dose of glucocorticoid correlated with the bone mineral density (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)923-927
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1999



  • Bronchial asthma
  • Cortical bone
  • Peripheral quantitative computed tomography
  • Systemic glucocorticoid
  • Trabecular bone
  • Vertebral fracture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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