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Clinical utility of bone turnover markers in monitoring the withdrawal of treatment with oral bisphosphonates in postmenopausal osteoporosis.

Osteoporos Int. 2019 Jan 06;: Authors: Naylor KE, McCloskey EV, Jacques RM, Peel NFA, Paggiosi MA, Gossiel F, Walsh JS, Eastell R

INTRODUCTION: Measurement of bone turnover markers (BTMs) may be useful to monitor offset of treatment with bisphosphonates (BP) in osteoporosis. We assessed the effect of withdrawal of BP treatment by comparing the changes in BTMs and total hip (TH) bone density (BMD). METHODS: We studied postmenopausal osteoporotic women who had completed a randomised study of three oral BPs. After 2 years of treatment, participants with BMD T-score > - 2.5 and in whom it was considered clinically appropriate to discontinue treatment, were invited to participate in a further 2-year observational study. Biochemical response was assessed using BTMs (CTX and PINP) with offset being defined by two criteria: (1) an increase greater than the least significant change (LSC) and (2) an increase above the reference mean value. RESULTS: Fifty women completed the study. At 48 weeks after stopping BPs, CTX was greater than the LSC for 66% of women and PINP 72%; CTX was above the reference mean for 64% of women and PINP 42%. The decrease in THBMD was greater for women with the largest increase in BTM compared to those with continued suppression (mean difference for CTX was - 2.98%, 95%CI - 4.75 to - 1.22, P < 0.001, PINP - 2.25%, 95% CI - 4.46 to - 0.032, P = 0.046). CONCLUSION: The measurement of BTM after withdrawal of BPs is potentially useful to evaluate patients that are taking a pause from treatment. An increase in BTMs more than the LSC and/or reference mean reflects loss of treatment effect and identifies patients that are likely to have a decrease in BMD. Such changes could provide an indication for reintroduction of treatment. PMID: 30613868 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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