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Sepsis and osteoporosis: What’s the link?

Key clinical point: Adults younger than 65 years with sepsis are at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis.

Major finding: The risk for osteoporosis was significantly higher in the sepsis vs. nonsepsis group (adjusted hazard ratio [aHR], 1.17; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.04-1.31). The risk for osteoporosis in the sepsis vs. nonsepsis group was significantly higher for young patients aged 20-49 years (aHR, 1.93; 95% CI, 1.08-3.44) and patients aged 50-64 years (aHR, 2.01; 95% CI, 1.52-2.65).

Study details: This Taiwanese population-based study included 13,178 patients diagnosed with sepsis and 13,178 propensity-score matched individuals without sepsis using data from the insurance claims database.

Disclosures: No study sponsor was identified. The authors declared no conflicts of interest.


Lee YF et al. Osteoporos Int. 2020 Aug 22. doi: 10.1007/s00198-020-05599-3.