Medizinische Klinik

, Volume 93, Supplement 2, pp 31–34

Prävalenz der vertebralen Wirbelkörperdeformationen bei Frauen und Männern in Deutschland

  • Dieter Felsenberg
  • Eberhardt Wieland
  • Christine Hammermeister
  • Gabriele Armbrecht
  • Wolfgang Gowin
  • Heiner Raspe
  • EVOS-Gruppe in Deutschland
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF03041996

Cite this article as:
Felsenberg, D., Wieland, E., Hammermeister, C. et al. Med Klin (1998) 93(Suppl 2): 31. doi:10.1007/BF03041996

Prevalence of vertebral deformities in females and males in Germany

Summary

Background: The prevalence of radiographically defined vertebral deformities, as a marker of vertebral osteoporosis, was calculated in a population based cross-sectional survey in Germany.

Method: Lateral spine X-rays were taken according to a standardized protocol and evaluated centrally. Three thousand nine hundred and eighty subjects (2064 male and 1916 female) aged 50 to 79 years, have been examined in 8 German centers.

Results: Based on McCloskey’s method of deformity definition the age-standardized mean prevalence of vertebral deformities in Germany was 10.2% for males and 10.5% for females. Based on the definition by Melton/Eastell as significant higher prevalence was calculated (males 17.8%, females 18.7%). The prevalence increased with age in both sexes with a steeper increase in females. There was no difference in East and West German populations. There were substantial variations between the centers regarding the prevalence of deformities in females and males.

Key Words

Epidemiology Prevalence Vertebral deformity Vertebral osteoporosis 

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© Urban & Vogel 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dieter Felsenberg
    • 1
    • 3
  • Eberhardt Wieland
    • 1
  • Christine Hammermeister
    • 1
  • Gabriele Armbrecht
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Gowin
    • 1
  • Heiner Raspe
    • 2
  • EVOS-Gruppe in Deutschland
  1. 1.Abteilung Röntgendiagnostik, OsteoporsoeforschungsgruppeUniversitätsklinikum Benjamin Franklin, Freie Universität BerlinGermany
  2. 2.Institut für SozialmedizinMedizinische Universität zu LübeckGermany
  3. 3.Osteoporose- und Rheumaforschungsgruppe, Abt. Röntgendiagnostik, Klinik und Poliklinik für Radiologie, Nuklearmedizin und StrahlentherapieUniversitätsklinikum Benjamin Franklin, Freie Universität BerlinBerlin

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