A member asked:

On hydrocortisone since 2009, only 34 & health insurance is telling me to get checked for osteoporosis. is that correct, how do they test for that?

5 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Steven Sheskier answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery

Good idea: Prolonged administration of steroid as well as the disease you are being treated for can result in osteopenia. The test that is done is called a "bone density" test.

Answered 9/28/2016


Dr. Brian Wosnitzer answered

Specializes in Nuclear Medicine

Osteoporosis...: Chronic steroid use can lead to osteoporosis. A DXA scan can test for osteoporosis. Dxa is basically a low dose x-ray of certain parts of your body...Usually the lumbar spine, hip, and radius.

Answered 2/13/2015



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