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Low bone mineral density in atopic dermatitis patients

Low bone mineral density in atopic dermatitis patients


A Dutch study investigated whether low bone mineral density (BMD) was a feature of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis (AD) and whether it was linked to topical corticosteroid use. The sample studied included 125 patients with AD (aged 17-65 years; mean 34 years). Osteoporosis was found in 4.8% (n=6) and osteopenia in 41.6% (n=52) in one of the 3 areas measured (lumbar spine and both hips). When patients with normal and decreased BMDs were compared, there was no significant difference between groups regarding topical corticosteroid use. However, the patients with decreased BMD had a lower body mass index (BMI) and did less exercise than the normal BMD group (Haeck, J.M. et ...

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