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A 34-year-old female 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?

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Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 39 years experience
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.
Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
Nuclear Medicine 18 years experience
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.

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