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Investigations in endocrinology

Investigation of postmenopausal women with low bone density

Gustavo Duque

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Abstract

The investigations in endocrinology section uses case scenarios to educate doctors on the best approach to the diagnosis and management of patients with different endocrine problems. The appropriate selection of tests and correct interpretation of test results are discussed.

Article Extract

Osteoporosis imposes a significant burden on the quality of life of people in Australia. There are 20,000 hip fractures per year in Australia (increasing by 40% each decade), with approximately 25% of people who sustain a hip fracture dying within 12 months postfracture. Furthermore, of those who do not die following their hip fracture, 50% will experience some level of dependence in their activities of daily living, representing a direct cost of 1.9 billion dollars per year in Australia.

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