Osteoporosis of spine, artwork

Osteoporosis of spine, artwork

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Credit: ALFRED PASIEKA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Osteoporosis of spine. Computer artwork of bones in the lower back of a patient with osteoporosis (brittle bone disease). The condition causes bones to lose density and become porous and fragile. An affected vertebra (red) has become compressed. The pelvis (green, orange) is seen at bottom. Osteoporosis increases the risk of fractures and can lead to disability or deformity. It is a progressive disease that is normally found in the elderly. It is four times more common in women than in men; bone loss is accelerated by the menopause. It can be prevented by exercise and sufficient calcium intake from childhood.

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