[New approaches to the treatment of osteoporosis]


JULY 20, 2011

LAM KID - 2011;1(01)

[Osteoporosis is a significant health care problem, and its treatment is of major interest. Despite of the wide spectrum of therapeutical modalities, the effective cure for all forms of this condition has not yet been developed. For this reason, the focus is on the development of new pharmacological approaches. The RANK/RANKL/OPG system discovered one and a half decades ago provides a tool for the neutralization of the osteoclast-stimulating RANKL by the use of monoclonal antibodies. Catepsin-K inhibitors offer another pathway for the inhibition of bone degradation. Anti-sclerostin and anti-Dkk-1 antibodies may stimulate bone formation by the release of Wnt signal transduction system. Other administration methods for PTH analogs, new generations of selective estrogen receptor modulators and antibodies against vitronectin receptors as well as potential new drug targets will enable us to fight bone loss more efficiently.]



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[Some data shows that calcium supplementation, a basic intervention for treating osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, may increase the risk of atherosclerotic vascular disease. Coronary artery calcified plaque is a marker for atheromatous plaque burden and predicts future risk of cardiovascular events. However, the deposition of calcium into the vascular wall is due to an active mechanism, involving such genes and proteins which play role in bone metabolism. In this work the data about the cardiovascular side effect of calcium supplementation are reviewed. Also, I demonstrate studies with the conclusions that calcium supplements with or without vitamin D do not increase the risk of cardiovascular events, especially that of myocardial infarction.]


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[New findings in the cortical bone biology and its role in bone fractures]


[The authors surveyed the already known factors responsible for the osteoporotic bone fragility. Then the results of using modern imaging techniques (micro-CT, high-resolution peripheral computed quantitative tomograph - HR-pQCT) and advanced computer analytic methods (finite element analysis, FEA) are presented. These data - beyond the already known fracture risk factors (age, risk of falling, bone mineral density - BMD, and fine structure damage of trabecular bone) are stressing the importance of the (micro)damage of cortical bone as a fracture risk factor, which has been still underrated. The cortical thickening and increased porosity - verified on various population samples - are increasing the risk of fractures in certain subgroups of subjects having identical BMD values, even among those, who are considered only osteopenic by the earlier classification based on BMD values. Backed with modern software batteries, the new imaging techniques are expected to enter clinical application in the near future. Pharmacologic agents with stronger cortical effect are already available and research is continuing to find new drugs to use in the management of osteoporotic patients of high fracture risk.]

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POÓR Gyula

[Osteoporosis poses a major public health problem worldwide due to the extreme number of patients and to the deterioration of quality of life, disability, excess mortality and costs associated with consequent fractures. Representative studies of the author’s group have previously shown that the average bone mineral density values of the Hungarian population are among the lowest in Europe while the prevalence of vertebral fractures is among the highest in international comparison. This revelation has led to the development of a National Osteoporosis Programme, the key element of which being the setting up of a network of osteoporosis centres that are based on the collaboration of various medical specialists, the availability of advanced diagnostic tools and outstanding therapeutic opportunities. On describing the 10-year activity of the centres, the main diagnostic, prevention and management approaches of osteoporosis are discussed. According to the WHO classification the diagnosis of osteoporosis is based on a low bone mineral density finding supported by the laboratory and radiological exclusion of other metabolic bone diseases and secondary forms of osteoporosis. According to the up-to-date treatment guidelines of osteoporosis, when considering medical treatment, preference should be given to patients with high fracture risk in giving drugs with extensive antifracture efficacy that has been confirmed by studies of evidencebased medicine. Among these drugs the most important are the antiresorptive bisphosphonates that have widely been used in Hungary and the bone forming teriparatide that is expected to gain wider use in the near future with the introduction of public health insurance financing. The efficacy of these specific antiosteoporotics is increased by supplementation with calcium and vitamin D. The internationally acknowledged Hungarian osteoporosis management system offers to Hungarian patients outstanding standards for the prevention and management of osteoporosis.]


[Alterations in bone metabolism associated with gastrointestinal diseases]

LŐRINCZY Katalin, LAKATOS Péter László, MIHELLER Pál, RÁCZ Károly

[Osteoporosis is commonly associated with certain gastrointestinal diseases. Osteoporosis occurs most often in patients with coeliac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, chronic liver disease and following gastric surgery. Prevention, diagnosis and therapy are based on the experiences with elderly and postmenopausal patients with osteoporosis. In this review, we summarise the clinical data regarding bone loss associated with gastrointestinal diseases.]


[Vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty in the clinical practice]


[Osteoporosis affects about 600 thousand women and 300 thousand men in Hungary. The fractures give the illness its significance, among them 30-40 thousand vertebral fractures occur annually. One fifth of the patients suffering from vertebral compression fracture (VCF) sustaines an other VCF within a year. The intense pain can not always be controlled under conservative care and an efficient and fast intervention is needed to restore the quality of life of the patients. The cement augmentation (vertebroplasty or kyphoplasty) may help in days. The authors wish to present for the colleagues the details of indication, technical questions of the procedures and their complications based upon the data of numerous operated cases. They emphasize that osteoporotic patients sustained a VCF need complex care and nurture. They also mention that the danger of fracture of a neighbouring vertebra is increased due to the rigidity of the cemented one.]


[MOOT-COMP study - Compliance of patients with antiporotic treatment]

BORS Katalin, BOROS Erzsébet

[INTRODUCTION - Several studies prove the importance of the lack of compliance in the ineffectiveness of drugs which have been tested by clinical studies. In our study we finded the reasons of leaving off the antiporotic treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS - 1067 osteoporotic patients (91% women, 9% men) were enrolled to examine compliance and to find explanation of non-compliance. We asked the patients about medications, exercises, electrotherapy and medical aids. RESULTS - Medications were recommended for most patients and exercise was the secondary most common therapeutic method. Electrotherapy was prescribed for one third and medical aids were recommended for one fifth of the recruited patients. Two third of patients reported to take all pills, most of them suffered from bone fracture. More than one fifth of patients sometimes or often forgot to take the treatment. 10% more patients did exercises than it was recommended by the practitioner. However, only 25% of all patients did exercises appropriate frequency and at least 20 minutes per day. Electrotherapy was not prescribed by the doctors for more than half of patients on this treatment. Medical aids were not used by 10% of patients despite the recommendations. Almost one third of the enrolled patients reported a fact which disturbed keeping recommendations of the doctors. These facts were financial problems, long waiting lists and low motivation of patients for keeping recommendations. The compliance did not correlate with education and social status. The patients with multiple fractures were more comply with medications and exercises. CONCLUSION - Drawing the informed patient into decision making and knowing the therapeutic outcome are important factors for keeping therapeutic recommendations. The high fracture rate in Hungary attracts our attention for enhance patient compliance.]

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[The concept of adherence and its significance in osteoporosis]


[Today, in relation to the economical aspects of medical therapies, the patterns of patients’ drug taking have come into focus. One of the important indicators is adherence, which consists of four different concepts concerning faithfulness to therapy: acceptance, concordance, persistance and compliance. In chronic diesases, medical therapy without a certain degree of adherence is no more useful than no therapy at all. A number of international clinical studies show that in osteoporosis, the therapy can only lead to a decrease in the number of fracture in case of sufficient adherence.]