Height loss rate as a marker of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis

Clin Rheumatol. 1994 Jun;13(2):256-60. doi: 10.1007/BF02249022.


The relation between the loss of height and bone mineral density (BMD) at the lumbar spine and proximal femur was determined in 61 women aged 56-70 years suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Statistically highly significant negative correlations were found between the loss of height and the spinal and femoral BMD. A loss of 4 cm or more in height over 10 years seems to be associated with a significant decrease of BMD, and it can be recommended as a clinical marker of osteoporosis.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / complications*
  • Body Height*
  • Bone Density
  • Female
  • Femur / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Lumbosacral Region
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoporosis, Postmenopausal / complications*
  • Spine / metabolism