Bone Geometry, Volumetric Density, Microarchitecture and Estimated Bone Strength Assessed by HR-pQCT in Adult Patients with Hypophosphatemic Rickets

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Hypophosphatemic rickets (HR) is characterized by a generalized mineralization defect. Although densitometric studies have found the patients to have an elevated bone mineral density (BMD), data on bone geometry and microstructure are scarce. The aim of this cross-sectional in vivo study was to assess bone geometry, volumetric BMD (vBMD), microarchitecture, and estimated bone strength in adult patients with HR using high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT). Twenty-nine patients (aged 19 to 79 years; 21 female, 8 male patients), 26 of whom had genetically proven X-linked HR, were matched with respect to age and sex with 29 healthy subjects. Eleven patients were currently receiving therapy with calcitriol and phosphate for a median duration of 29.1 years (12.0 to 43.0 years). Because of the disproportionate short stature in HR, the region of interest in HR-pQCT images at the distal radius and tibia were placed in a constant proportion to the entire length of the bone in both patients and healthy volunteers. In age- and weight-adjusted models, HR patients had significantly higher total bone cross-sectional areas (radius 36%, tibia 20%; both p < 0.001) with significantly higher trabecular bone areas (radius 49%, tibia 14%; both p < 0.001) compared with controls. In addition, HR patients had lower total vBMD (radius -20%, tibia -14%; both p < 0.01), cortical vBMD (radius -5%, p < 0.001), trabecular number (radius -13%, tibia -14%; both p < 0.01), and cortical thickness (radius -19%; p < 0.01) compared with controls, whereas trabecular spacing (radius 18%, tibia 23%; p < 0.01) and trabecular network inhomogeneity (radius 29%, tibia 40%; both p < 0.01) were higher. Estimated bone strength was similar between the groups. In conclusion, in patients with HR, the negative impact of lower vBMD and trabecular number on bone strength seems to be compensated by an increase in bone diameter, resulting in HR patients having normal estimates of bone strength. © 2014 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.

TidsskriftJournal of Bone and Mineral Research
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)176-183
StatusUdgivet - 2015