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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 224-227

Spinal compression fractures due to pregnancy-associated osteoporosis

Department of Orthopaedics, Spine Division, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin, Kerala, India

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R Krishnakumar
Department of Orthopaedics, Spine Division, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Cochin - 682 024, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-8237.193263

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Objectives: To report on unique cases of spinal compression fractures due to pregnancy associated osteoporosis (PAO) and to suggest a satisfactory treatment modality. Materials and Methods: A single center retrospective study. We reviewed the data of 535 patients with osteoporotic spinal compression fractures over a period of 5 year. Two patients who developed spinal compression fractures due to PAO were identified and treated. Results: The clinical presentation and blood investigations ruled out other causes of osteoporosis. Dual energy X ray absorptiometry was used to confirm the diagnosis. All patients improved with medical management. Conclusion: Vertebral fractures due to PAO should be considered as a differential diagnosis in patients with back pain who are in the third trimester of pregnancy or in postpartum. Early recognition and appropriate conservative management would be necessary to prevent complications such as new vertebral fractures and chronic back pain.

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