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Osteoporosis causing kyphosis. Excessively curved spine, or kyphosis seen on an 87 year-old woman suffering from osteoporosis crush fractures. Kyphosis usually affects the top of the spine and may result in a hunchback. Here, osteoporosis has reduced the bone density of the spine. The vertebrae are more brittle, resulting in crush fractures & Kyphosis. Osteoporosis arises through an imbalance between formation and resorption of bone, most commonly occurring with increasing age. The incidence is greater in women and is attributed to a decline in hormone production following the menopause. Treatments include hormone replacement therapy.
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