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?

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Dr. Steven Sheskier answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery

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 Sep 28, 2016

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Dr. Brian Wosnitzer answered

Specializes in Nuclear Medicine

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 Feb 13, 2015

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