Discriminatory ability of calcaneal quantitative ultrasound in the assessment of bone status in patients with inflammatory bowel disease

Turk, Nikša and Kaštelan, Darko and Čuković-Čavka, Silvija and Kraljević, Ivana and Koršić, Mirko and Vucelić, Boris (2007) Discriminatory ability of calcaneal quantitative ultrasound in the assessment of bone status in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology, 33 (6). pp. 863-869. ISSN 0301-5629

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A high incidence of bone disease in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) requires frequent monitoring of skeletal status and, for that reason, evaluation of radiation-free technology is an issue of interest. Our objective was to appraise the parameters of calcaneal quantitative ultrasound (QUS): broadband ultrasound attenuation (BUA), speed of sound (SOS) and stiffness index (QUI), and establish their t-score values to investigate discriminatory ability of QUS in IBD patients with metabolic bone disease. The study included 126 patients (Crohn's disease [n = 94] and ulcerative colitis [n = 32]), and 228 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers. Bone status was evaluated on the same day by calcaneal QUS and dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) at spine (L1-L4) and total hip. All QUS measurements were lower in patients compared with healthy controls (BUA p < 0.001; SOS p < 0.001; QUI p < 0.001) and correlated significantly but inversely with disease duration (r = -0.3, p = 0.002). There was no difference with respect to type of disease (Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis) or corticosteroid therapy. All three QUS t-scores were significantly lower in patients who had previously sustained fragile fractures (n = 28) than in those without fracture in their history (n = 98) (t-scores: BUA -2.0 vs. -1.3, p = 0.008; SOS -2.1 vs. -1.4, p = 0.02: QUI -2.3 vs. -1.5, p = 0.009). Axial DXA was not significantly different between the fracture and nonfracture patients (-1.7 vs. -1.2, p = 0.1), whereas total hip DXA showed a discriminatory power between the two (-1.6 vs. -0.7, p = 0.001). Patients with t-score < -1.0 scanned by DXA were classified as bone disease. The sensitivity of QUS to identify bone disease was 93% and specificity 63%. The sensitivity of QUS to detect osteopenia was 84% and 72% for osteoporosis. Alternatively, lower negative QUS t-score cutoff </= -1.8 identified 83% of osteoporosis at lumbar spine and 100% at total hip. All three QUS variables had t-scores less than -1.8 when osteoporosis was detected at both spine and hip. However, the subgroup of IBD patients with QUI t-score cutoff </= -1.8 still included 26% of individuals with normal bone status. Calcaneal QUS measurements may identify patients with IBD who are at a higher risk of fracture independently of DXA measurements. However, QUS showed poor agreement with bone status scanned by DXA and a low discriminatory power between osteopenia and osteoporosis.

Item Type: Article
MeSH: Bone Diseases, Metabolic - complications - ultrasonography ; Calcaneus - ultrasonography ; Inflammatory Bowel Diseases - complications - ultrasonography ; Absorptiometry, Photon ; Adrenal Cortex Hormones - therapeutic use ; Adult ; Colitis, Ulcerative - complications - ultrasonography ; Crohn Disease - complications - ultrasonography ; Female ; Fractures, Bone - complications ; Humans ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Osteoporosis - complications - ultrasonography ; Sensitivity and Specificity
Departments: Katedra za internu medicinu
Depositing User: Lea Škorić
Status: Published
Kaštelan, DarkoUNSPECIFIED
Čuković-Čavka, SilvijaUNSPECIFIED
Kraljević, IvanaUNSPECIFIED
Date: 2007
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2019 09:41
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URI: http://medlib.mef.hr/id/eprint/271

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