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Can untreated severe secondary osteoporosis of the spine, without fracture cause death? And how?

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Dr. Douglas Linville II
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: OP mortality

859000 medicare patients at least 65 included in this review.
4 year survival after fracture 50% without surgery (kyphoplasty or vetebroplasty). With surgery, 24-44% lower mortality over 4 years. Secondary causes of death more likely. Only 28% in one study died as a direct result of fracture. Lung, stroke, etc more likely. Journal of bone and mineral research, vol. 26, no. 7, july 2011.

In brief: OP mortality

859000 medicare patients at least 65 included in this review.
4 year survival after fracture 50% without surgery (kyphoplasty or vetebroplasty). With surgery, 24-44% lower mortality over 4 years. Secondary causes of death more likely. Only 28% in one study died as a direct result of fracture. Lung, stroke, etc more likely. Journal of bone and mineral research, vol. 26, no. 7, july 2011.
Dr. Douglas Linville II
Dr. Douglas Linville II
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Perhaps indirectly

There is some evidence that multiple compression fractures in the midback (thoracic area) can interfere with lung function and reduce lifespan.

In brief: Perhaps indirectly

There is some evidence that multiple compression fractures in the midback (thoracic area) can interfere with lung function and reduce lifespan.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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