Assessment of bone density in children with Scheuermann's disease

Rocz Akad Med Bialymst. 1997;42(1):245-50.


Twenty four children with Scheuermann's disease (11 girls and 13 boys) aged 9-18 years measured for bone mineral density. The total skeleton (TB BMD) and lumbar spine (L2-L4 BMD) mineral density were investigated by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). In nine patients with Scheuermann's disease and backache we found lower levels of TB BMD and L2-L4 BMD in comparison with reference population of Lunar database. Osteopenia in these children may be caused by decreased physical activity due to vertebral pain.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Absorptiometry, Photon
  • Adolescent
  • Back Pain / etiology
  • Back Pain / pathology
  • Body Height
  • Body Weight
  • Bone Density*
  • Bone Diseases, Metabolic / etiology
  • Bone and Bones / pathology
  • Child
  • Databases as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / pathology
  • Male
  • Motor Activity / physiology
  • Puberty
  • Scheuermann Disease / complications
  • Scheuermann Disease / pathology*
  • Scheuermann Disease / physiopathology