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The Curbsiders Internal Medicine Podcast

Supercharge your learning as these board-certified Internists interview the experts to bring you clinical pearls, practice changing knowledge, and a healthy dose of humor. 

Jul 10, 2017

Solidify your knowledge of osteoporosis and osteopenia in this discussion with Endocrinologists and osteoporosis guideline authors, Dr. Rachel Pessah-Pollack, and Dr. Dan Hurley from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). Learn when to start therapy after an acute hip fracture, how to use bone turnover markers to assess fracture risk, more on how to dose calcium and vitamin D, and finally, we discuss the new American College of Physicians (ACP) guidelines and how they differ from the AACE guidelines on osteoporosis.

For a more basic talk on osteoporosis check out episode #18 w/Dr. Pauline Camacho.

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Time Stamps

00:00 Intro

03:00 Picks of the week

07:31 Guest and topic intro

10:25 Rapid fire questions

14:45 Clinical Case and defining osteoporosis

17:00 FRAX score

20:35 Secondary evaluation for cause of bone loss

20:54 Bone turnover markers (telopeptides)

23:17 Alkaline phosphatase

26:30 Calcium and Vit D

29:35 Recap of teaching points so far

31:25 Antiresorptive versus anabolic therapy

32:40 Aromatase inhibitors increase fracture risk

34:28 When to start therapy after fracture

35:44 Mechanism of action recombinant PTH

41:38 Vitamin D assay and dosing

46:53 Calcium intake, and formulations

49:45 Take home points

50:54 Recap and discussion of AACE vs ACP guidelines by The Curbsiders

59:42 Outro

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