Spinal osteoporosis, X-ray

Spinal osteoporosis, X-ray

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Caption: Spinal osteoporosis. Coloured X-ray of a side view of the dorso-lumbar region of the spine of a 70-year-old patient with osteoporosis (brittle bone disease). Osteoporosis causes bones to lose density and become porous and fragile. The vertebrae (in particular the fourth and sixth from top) are becoming compressed and deformed leading to curvature (kyphosis) of the spine. Osteoporosis is a progressive disease normally found in the elderly. It is four times more common in women than in men; bone loss is accelerated by the menopause. The risk of osteoporosis can be reduced by exercise and sufficient calcium intake from childhood onwards.

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