While rare, osteonecrosis of the jaw and atypical fractures can present a real challenge in the long-term treatment of osteoporosis
One of the big issues about the long-term treatment of osteoporosis is the problem of osteonecrosis of the jaw and atypical fractures, experts say.
While rare, atypical fractures will sometimes occur in one or both hips and start with a painful feeling in the leg and resulting in complete fractures.
But Professor Ego Seeman, an endocrinologist at Austin Health and the University of Melbourne, says both osteonecrosis of the jaw and atypical fractures occurs in about 1 in 1000 women.
“They are risks but they are very unusual,” he says.
“At this time, knowing who is likely to develop these problems is not really known, and a lot of work is going on to try to better understand the pathogenesis of these events with prolonged therapy.”
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