Prevalence and distribution of vertebral deformity regarded as classic marker of osteoporosis are reported on the basis of the results of the first Hungarian cross-sectional population-based survey. The clinical-epidemiological project is conducted by the National Institute of Rheumatology and Physiotherapy in Hungary in the frame of the European Vertebral Osteoporosis Study which comprises 19 countries and 36 centres. A random sample of 324 females and 300 males aged 50 years and over stratified in 5-year age bands was recruited. Lateral spinal X-rays were evaluated centrally by two different morphometric methods. Based on the McCloskey-Kanis criteria the prevalence of all deformities was 16.7% in females and 18.7% in males. These values from Hungary have been considered high compared to the prevalence rates of other European countries, approaching, and in males exceeding, the highest rates gained from Sweden. In females the prevalence increased with age, men aged 50-59 years and women aged 75 years and over had higher prevalence of deformity compared to the other sex. In females vertebra thoracic 11, in males that of lumbar 3 were mostly affected, wedge deformities occurred most frequently. Extrapolating the results we can conclude that vertebral deformity found in both sexes similarly, affects approximately 500,000 individuals in Hungary along with the potential deterioration of quality of life. This enormous burden requires the consistent fulfillment of the National Osteoporosis Program and other preventive-curative strategies.
|Translated title of the contribution||Prevalence of vertebral deformity in Hungary: the European Vertebral Osteoporosis Study|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 19 1997|
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