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      Exploring the Association Between Emphysema Phenotypes and Low Bone Mineral Density in Smokers with and without COPD

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          Emphysema and osteoporosis are tobacco-related diseases. Many studies have shown that emphysema is a strong and independent predictor of low bone mineral density (BMD) in smokers; however, none of them explored its association with different emphysema subtypes.


          To explore the association between the different emphysema subtypes and the presence of low bone mineral density in a population of active or former smokers with and without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


          One hundred and fifty-three active and former smokers from a pulmonary clinic completed clinical questionnaires, pulmonary function tests, a low-dose chest computed tomography (LDCT) and a dual-energy absorptiometry (DXA) scans. Subjects were classified as having normal BMD or low BMD (osteopenia or osteoporosis). Emphysema was classified visually for its subtype and severity. Logistic regression analysis explored the relationship between the different emphysema subtypes and the presence of low BMD adjusting for other important factors.


          Seventy-five percent of the patients had low BMD (78 had osteopenia and 37 had osteoporosis). Emphysema was more frequent (66.1 vs 26.3%, p=<0.001) and severe in those with low BMD. Multivariable analysis adjusting for other significant cofactors (age, sex, FEV 1, and severity of emphysema) showed that BMI (OR=0.91, 95% CI: 0.76–0.92) and centrilobular emphysema (OR=26.19, 95% CI: 1.71 to 399.44) were associated with low BMD.


          Low BMD is highly prevalent in current and former smokers. BMI and centrilobular emphysema are strong and independent predictors of its presence, which suggests that they should be considered when evaluating smokers at risk for low BMD.

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              The Lancet, 367(9527), 2010-2018

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                Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis
                Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis
                International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
                27 July 2020
                : 15
                : 1823-1829
                [1 ]Pulmonary Department, Hospital Universitari Arnau de Vilanova , Lleida, Spain
                [2 ]Pulmonary Department, Clinica Universidad de Navarra , Pamplona, Spain
                [3 ]Nuclear Medicine Department, Clínica Universidad de Navarra , Pamplona, Spain
                [4 ]Biochemistry Department, Clínica Universitaria de Navarra , Pamplona, Spain
                [5 ]Department of Internal Medicine, Clínica Universidad de Navarra , Pamplona, Spain
                [6 ]Department of Endocrinology & Nutrition, Clínica Universidad de Navarra , Pamplona, Spain
                [7 ]Pulmonary Department, Clínica Universidad de Navarra , Madrid, Spain
                [8 ]Respirology Division, Queen’s University , Kingston, ON, Canada
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                Correspondence: Jessica Gonzalez Pulmonary department, Hospital Universitari Arnau de Vilanova , Lleida, Spain Email
                © 2020 Gonzalez et al.

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                References: 47, Pages: 7
                Funded by: Roche Diagnostics
                This project was funded by a grant from Roche Diagnostics.
                Original Research

                Respiratory medicine

                osteoporosis; smokers, emphysema, osteopenia, low bone mineral density, copd


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