This site became the new on June 19th. Learn more.
Show more Menu IMPORTANT: Listing of a study on this site does not reflect endorsement by the National Institutes of Health. Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more... Menu IMPORTANT: Talk with a trusted healthcare professional before volunteering for a study. Read more... Menu
Give us feedback

Vertebral Fracture and Osteonecrosis Associated With High-dose Glucocorticoid

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Saitama Medical University Identifier:
First received: May 14, 2008
Last updated: September 17, 2009
Last verified: September 2009
Osteoporotic vertebral fracture (VF) and osteonecrosis of the femoral head (OFH) are major concerns in patients with systemic rheumatic diseases treated with high-dose glucocorticoids (GCs). The investigators examined and compared the incidence and risk factors of VF with those of OFH in patients who had recently received high-dose GC therapy to clarify the relationship between these two complications.

Condition Phase
Vertebral Fracture Osteonecrosis Rheumatic Diseases Phase 4

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Vertebral Fracture and Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head Associated With High-dose Glucocorticoid Therapy

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Saitama Medical University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • new vertebral fracture [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • osteonecrosis of the femoral head [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: January 2001
Study Completion Date: October 2007
Primary Completion Date: October 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
A: etidronate

Detailed Description:

Patients with rheumatic diseases receiving GCs (≧0.5 mg/kg/day for prednisolone equivalent) within the past 2 months were enrolled in this study, and treated with 200 mg/day of etidronate cyclically. The bone mineral density (BMD) of lumbar spines (L2-4) was examined by QDR2000. OFH was evaluated by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). identifier: NCT00679978.

Forty-four patients completed the 2-year study including annual X-rays and the BMD analysis. MRI evaluation at entry and 2 years was performed in 41 patients. The BMD values with anteroposterior (AP) and lateral views decreased by 6.4% and 9.7% respectively in the first year, but were stable in the second year. Eleven patients developed VF and 9 patients developed OFH. The risk factors for VF included previous VF and a low BMD value (T score < -1.5) of AP view at baseline with odds ratio (OR) 14.9 (95%CI 2.9-76.4), while the risk factor for OFH was the recent maximum GC dosage (>1.2 mg/kg/day versus ≦; OR=7.7, 95%CI 1.3-45.5) and the decrease in BMD value of lateral view (>15% versus ≤; OR=6.7, 95% CI 1.2-36.1) in the first year.


Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients admitted to our hospital for the treatment of active systemic rheumatic diseases taking at least 0.5 mg/kg/day for PSL equivalent

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients admitted to our hospital for the treatment of active systemic rheumatic diseases taking at least 0.5 mg/kg/day for PSL equivalent between January 2001 and June 2003 were eligible for this prospective study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients who were not appropriate for this study
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

No Contacts or Locations Provided
  More Information

Responsible Party: Hideto Kameda, Department of Rheumatology/Clinical Immunology, Saitama Medical Center Identifier: NCT00679978     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SaitamaVFOFH
Study First Received: May 14, 2008
Last Updated: September 17, 2009

Keywords provided by Saitama Medical University:
bone mineral density
osteonecrosis of the femoral head

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fractures, Bone
Rheumatic Diseases
Collagen Diseases
Spinal Fractures
Wounds and Injuries
Bone Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Connective Tissue Diseases
Spinal Injuries
Back Injuries
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on August 16, 2017