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Key questions on osteoporosis (1.5 CPD hours)

GP Dr Mandy Fry puts questions to Dr Alun Cooper, GP and clinical lead for osteoporosis, about oral steroids, vitamin D with calcium therapy and the WHO FRAX score



This module will update your knowledge on osteoporosis, including: 

  • The role of the WHO FRAX score in the assessment of patients’ bone density 
  • At what dose of oral steroids you should consider bone protection, and when to start the protection 
  • Which patients benefit from vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty for vertebral compression fractures
  • When to use vitamin D alone rather than a combination of vitamin D and calcium for osteoporosis prevention
  • How to choose which bisphosphonates to use

Readers' comments (2)

  • Hi
    I have scoliosis and osteoporosis
    By seeing different GP each time it's difficult to have continued care as each one have different opinion.
    I am left with not taking the medication due to severe reaction to them.
    Please have the GP s well informed about the consequences.

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  • I was diagnosed some years ago with osteoporosis following many years of undiagnosed coeliac disease. I was advised to take bisphosphonates but after seeing the huge furore in America about the danger of oesophageal cancer, I decided against it. Is this still the recommended route for treatment in the UK?

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