Purpose: To determine the effect of short- or long-term bisphosphonate treatment on cortical bone mineralization density distribution (BMDD). Methods: BMDD was assessed by quantitative backscatter electron imaging in postmenopausal osteoporosis: in paired transiliac biopsy samples (n=36) at baseline and after 3 years risedronate treatment from a clinical study, in transiliac biopsy samples from patients who were treated with either risedronate (n=31) or alendronate (n=68) for 3 to 7 years from an observational study. Outcomes were related to premenopausal reference data (n=73) and to histomorphometric mineralizing surface per bone surface (MS/BS). Results: In the clinical study, patients with lower (below cohort median) MS/BS had normal cortical CaMean at baseline. After 3 years risedronate, their CaMean was not different versus baseline but increased versus reference (+2.9%, p=0.003). Among the groups of the observational study, CaMean did not exceed reference level, was similar for alendronate versus risedronate and similar between 3 to 5 years versus longer than 5 years treatment duration. Conclusion: Baseline bone mineralizing surface appears to be important for the effect of bisphosphonate on cortical bone mineralization. In patients with lower baseline MS/BS, level of mineralization after treatment can exceed reference level. Whether this is beneficial in the long-term is unknown.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Musculoskeletal Neuronal Interactions|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 1 2017|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine