Osteopenia on DEXA

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Chronic liver disease.

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Female

PA Spine

  • BMD for L2-L4 is 0.96 g/cm2
  • T-score: -2.0 age-matched
  • Z-score: -1.2

Left Proximal femur

  • BMD for the total hip site is 0.84 g/cm2
  • T-score: -1.6
  • Age Matched Z-score: -0.8

Case Discussion

With a T score of -2.0 in the lumbar spine, this patient is considered osteopenic according to World Health Organization criteria. Z-score of -1.2 is low for someone of this age and gender. Fracture risk is moderate.

Case courtesy Dr Patsy Robertson, The Royal Melbourne Hospital. 

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Case information

rID: 45995
Case created: 16th Jun 2016
Last edited: 5th Feb 2018
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