Bone Health Evaluation of Children and Adolescents With Homozygous beta-Thalassemia: Implications for Practice
Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 06/21/2012
Doulgeraki A et al. – The decline in bone mineral density (BMD) may start early, even in the well–transfused patients. This study targets the young patients who are mostly at the risk for bone loss, that is short adolescents with delayed BA. Their prompt recognition in everyday practice is important, as they will need close monitoring of their BMD and metabolic bone profile. In addition, therapeutic interventions, such as adequate calcium intake and sunlight exposure, weight–bearing exercise and, in cases of vitamin D insufficiency, proper supplementation could be suggested.