Transient osteoporosis

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Transient osteoporosis is a syndrome of localized osteoporosis. But, unlike disuse atrophy, this syndrome is not associated with disuse or immobilization. Bone loss is probably initiated by marrow edema and, possibly, transient ischemia. It usually affects the hip or the knee. Patients are usually men between the ages of 27 and 61 or women in the third trimester of pregnancy. Symptoms worsen for a few months and then begin to improve. There is complete clinical resolution in about 6 months or after delivery in pregnant women. Histologically, it is characterized by bone marrow edema. Treatment consists in pain management and protection of the osteopenic bone. Some surgeons treat with core decompression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTumors and Tumor-Like Lesions of Bone
Subtitle of host publicationFor Surgical Pathologists, Orthopedic Surgeons and Radiologists
PublisherSpringer-Verlag London Ltd
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781447165781
ISBN (Print)9781447165774
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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