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What is the difference between osteopenia, osteoporosis?

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Less bone loss

Osteopenia is the term we give to the amount of bone loss that occurs in a patient with t scores between -1 and -2.
5 based on the world health organization's criteria for measuring bone loss. The more negative the t score, the more bone loss has occurred. If a t score is between 0 and -1, this bone density would still be considered normal. I hope that helped answer your qquestion.

In brief: Less bone loss

Osteopenia is the term we give to the amount of bone loss that occurs in a patient with t scores between -1 and -2.
5 based on the world health organization's criteria for measuring bone loss. The more negative the t score, the more bone loss has occurred. If a t score is between 0 and -1, this bone density would still be considered normal. I hope that helped answer your qquestion.
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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