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Reduced bone mass puts critically ill patients at greater risk for fractures

from The Medical News

One year after being hospitalized in intensive care, patients have reduced bone mass that puts them at greater risk for fractures, according to a new study published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Neil R. Orford, MBBS, director of the ICU at the University Hospital Geelong in Australia, and colleagues found that patients who spent at least 24 hours on a breathing machine in an intensive care unit had 1.59 percent less bone mineral density in their lower spines and 1.2 percent less BMD in their thigh bone than expected one year after being hospitalized. The bone losses were statistically significant in the overall study population and in just women. In men, only the BMD decline in the thigh bone was significant. more

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