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02.09.2016 | Case Report | Ausgabe 12/2016

Osteoporosis International 12/2016

Effects of teriparatide on bone mineral density and quality of life in Duchenne muscular dystrophy related osteoporosis: a case report

Osteoporosis International > Ausgabe 12/2016
A. Catalano, G. L. Vita, M. Russo, G. Vita, A. Lasco, N. Morabito, S. Messina
Wichtige Hinweise
Antonino Catalano and Gian Luca Vita contributed equally.
Nunziata Morabito and Sonia Messina both are senior authors.


Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked recessive muscle disease characterized by secondary osteoporosis and increased fractures. We describe the case of a 20-year-old boy with DMD suffering from back pain due to multiple vertebral fractures who was treated with teriparatide. Improvement of bone density, pain, and quality of life was achieved. DMD is an X-linked recessive muscle disease with secondary osteoporosis and related frequently occurring fractures. To date, only bisphosphonates have been used to treat osteoporosis in DMD. Black bear parathyroid hormone has been previously reported to enhance bone mass in the dystrophin-deficient mouse. This study reports the positive effect of osteoanabolic treatment with once-daily recombinant human parathyroid hormone 1–34 (rhPTH 1–34, teriparatide) in a 20-year-old DMD boy suffering from multiple vertebral fractures causing back pain. Bone formation and resorption markers (osteocalcin and C-telopeptide of type I collagen, respectively), as expected, increased within 6 months and intensity of back pain early decreased, with no pain reported after 6 months at visual analog scale. Over a 18-month period of treatment with teriparatide, bone mineral density and quality of life, assessed by the 36-item short-form questionnaire, considerably improved and no side effects were reported. Further studies on large cohorts are warranted to test the efficacy of this promising treatment for DMD related osteoporosis.

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