Parkinson’s disease and the risk of osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture: a nationwide population-based study

C. K. Lee, S. K. Choi, D. A. Shin, S. Yi, K. N. Kim, I. Kim, Y. Ha

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Summary: Patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) were at higher risk of osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (OVCF) compared to controls and had elevated mortality rates. Compared to conservative treatment, surgical treatment for OVCF in PD patients seemed to be associated with better outcomes. Introduction: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the risk of OVCF in patients with PD. Methods: Data from patients over the age of 60 years who were diagnosed with PD were collected between 2004 and 2013 from the Korean National Health Insurance Database (n = 3370). The comparison group (non-PD) consisted of randomly selected patients (five per patient with PD; n = 16,850) matched to the PD group, who were newly diagnosed annually according to age and sex. Cox proportional hazard regressions were used to examine the relationships between osteoporosis, OVCF, surgery for OVCF, and PD. Household income and residential area of patients were also assessed. Overall survival rates were calculated after adjusting for confounding factors, such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and chronic kidney disease. Results: OVCF was developed in 12.5% of patients in the PD group and in 7.4% of patients in the control group. PD was associated with increased risk of osteoporosis (hazard ratio [HR], 1.32; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.21–1.43; p < 0.001), OVCF (HR 1.66; 95% CI, 1.47–1.87; p < 0.001), and surgery for OVCF (HR 2.69; 95% CI, 1.78–4.08; p < 0.001). Household income was not significantly related with development of osteoporosis, incidence of OVCF, or surgery for OVCF. Residential area was statistically associated with osteoporosis, OVCF, and surgery for OVCF. The mortality rate of the PD group was about 1.7 times higher than that of the non-PD group after adjusting for potential confounders, and the mortality rate of the PD with OVCF group was higher than that of the non-PD group, but not significantly (p = 0.09). The survival rate of the PD group with surgery for OVCF showed a trend toward a more positive prognosis compared with that of the PD group with conservative treatment. Conclusions: Patients with PD had significantly increased risk of osteoporosis and OVCF. Surgical treatment for OVCF in PD patients was associated with a better prognosis than conservative treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1117-1124
Number of pages8
JournalOsteoporosis International
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2018 May 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This population-based, case-control study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of Yonsei University Severance Hospital (4-2017-0725).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018, International Osteoporosis Foundation and National Osteoporosis Foundation.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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