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Epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders

Section edited by Anita Wluka

This section concerns all aspects of the epidemiology of musculoskeletal disorders including but not limited to: cohort studies, genetic association studies, and prevalence studies.

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  1. Musculoskeletal symptoms account for the majority of work-related illnesses resulting in a significant economic burden on society. Computer users are subject to unique repetitive strains that predispose them t...

    Authors: Malak Al Shammari, Ali Hassan, Omran Al Dandan, Mohammed Al Gadeeb and Dalal Bubshait

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:541

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  2. Antimicrobial prophylaxis (AMP) is one of the most important measures for preventing surgical site infections (SSIs); however, controversies remain regarding its adequate duration. Although the World Health Or...

    Authors: Kosei Nagata, Koji Yamada, Tomohiro Shinozaki, Tsuyoshi Miyazaki, Fumiaki Tokimura, Hiroyuki Oka, Yasuhito Tajiri, Sakae Tanaka and Hiroshi Okazaki

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:533

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  3. Prognosis of musculoskeletal disorders following injury is essential in determining appropriate treatment and care. A generic validated prognostic tool to stratify risk of poor recovery for people with musculo...

    Authors: Ha Nguyen, Trudy Rebbeck, Annette Kifley, Jagnoor Jagnoor, Michael Dinh, Amith Shetty, Michael Nicholas and Ian D. Cameron

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:531

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  4. The aim of this study was to investigate what exposure to work demands, physical and psychosocial, is associated with lower levels of sickness absence among workers with neck or upper back pain in different gr...

    Authors: Stefan Oliv, Ewa Gustafsson, Adnan Noor Baloch, Mats Hagberg and Helena Sandén

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:529

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  5. The construction industry is one of the most hazardous working areas, where the highest number of labourers engaged. However, the predisposing factors for occupational injury in the construction sites in Ethio...

    Authors: Fentahun Berhanu, Mulat Gebrehiwot and Zemichael Gizaw

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:523

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  6. Nutritional factors including vitamin D, magnesium, and fat are known to affect bone mineral accrual. This study aimed to evaluate associations between dietary nutrient intakes (both macronutrients and micronu...

    Authors: Guo-Hau Gou, Feng-Jen Tseng, Sheng-Hao Wang, Pao-Ju Chen, Jia-Fwu Shyu and Ru-Yu Pan

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:520

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  7. Although the delivery of appropriate healthcare is an important goal, the definition of what constitutes appropriate care is not always agreed upon. The RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method is one of the most well...

    Authors: Patricia M. Herman, Margaret D. Whitley, Gery W. Ryan, Eric L. Hurwitz and Ian D. Coulter

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:519

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  8. Meniscus injury and meniscectomy both entail increased risk of knee osteoarthritis (OA). Thigh muscle weakness is a suggested mediator of OA but there is little evidence of its importance for knee OA developme...

    Authors: Ylva B. Ericsson, Ewa M. Roos, Henrik Owman and Leif E. Dahlberg

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:512

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  9. The video Animated Activity Questionnaire (AAQ) was developed to assess the impact of lower limb osteoarthritis (OA) on daily functional activities. The objective of the study was to compare the video and the ...

    Authors: L. Dubouis, W. Ngueyon-Sime, W. Peter, A. Vallata, J. Epstein, A-C. Rat, N. Agrinier, C. B. Terwee and F. Guillemin

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:507

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  10. Hip dysplasia is common among children with cerebral palsy (CP), particularly in spastic CP. It can result in pain, reduced function and quality of life. However, the burden of hip dysplasia among children wit...

    Authors: Tasneem Karim, Mahmudul Hassan Al Imam, Prue Golland, Aynul Islam Khan, Iqbal Hossain, Hayley Smithers-Sheedy, Nadia Badawi, Mohammad Muhit and Gulam Khandaker

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:494

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  11. There are inconsistencies in findings regarding the relationship of occupational loading with spinal degeneration or structural damage. Thus, a systematic review was conducted to determine the current state of...

    Authors: Luciana G. Macedo and Michele C. Battié

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:489

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  12. To determine the longitudinal construct validity of assessing hand OA progression on digital photographs over 7 years compared with progression determined from radiographs, clinical features and change in symp...

    Authors: Michelle Marshall, Helgi Jonsson, Gudrun P. Helgadottir, Elaine Nicholls, Helen Myers, Victoria Jansen and Danielle van der Windt

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:484

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  13. The aim of this review was to synthesize the evidence on the potential relationship between psychosocial work factors from the Areas of Worklife (AW) model (workload, job control, social support, reward, fairn...

    Authors: Gabriele Buruck, Anne Tomaschek, Johannes Wendsche, Elke Ochsmann and Denise Dörfel

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:480

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  14. Previous research has indicated that wide international variation in the prevalence of disabling low back pain among working populations is largely driven by factors predisposing to musculoskeletal pain more g...

    Authors: David Coggon, Georgia Ntani, Karen Walker-Bone, Vanda E. Felli, Florencia Harari, Lope H. Barrero, Sarah A. Felknor, Marianela Rojas, Anna Cattrell, Consol Serra, Rossana Borchini, Eleni Solidaki, Eda Merisalu, Rima R. Habib, Farideh Sadeghian, M. Masood Kadir…

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:436

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  15. Due to advances in hip arthroscopy, the number of surgical procedures has increased dramatically. The diagnostic challenge in patients with longstanding hip and groin pain, as well as the increasing number of ...

    Authors: Anders Pålsson, Ioannis Kostogiannis, Håkan Lindvall and Eva Ageberg

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:432

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  16. Various cross-sectional studies provide an abundance of evidence that shows a relationship between bone quantity and muscle health. However, one question remains, less-often studied: is their development - or ...

    Authors: Médéa Locquet, Charlotte Beaudart, Nancy Durieux, Jean-Yves Reginster and Olivier Bruyère

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:429

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  17. Proximal humeral fractures can be treated non-operatively or operatively with open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) and arthroplasty. Our objective was to assess practice patterns for operative and non-o...

    Authors: Dominique I. Dabija, Hongshu Guan, Andrew Neviaser and Nitin B. Jain

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:419

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  18. Obesity is an important factor affecting incidence and development of musculoskeletal degenerative changes. In addition, obese patients are considered less favorable surgical candidates for decompression surge...

    Authors: Kengo Harato, Mitsuru Yagi, Nobuyuki Fujita, Shu Kobayashi, Akihito Ohya, Kazuya Kaneda, Yu Iwama, Masaya Nakamura and Morio Matsumoto

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:416

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  19. This study aimed to determine the influence of ageing on the incidence and site of femoral fractures in trauma patients, by taking the sex, body weight, and trauma mechanisms into account.

    Authors: Shao-Chun Wu, Cheng-Shyuan Rau, Spencer C. H. Kuo, Peng-Chen Chien and Ching-Hua Hsieh

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:413

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  20. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common joint disorder among elderly individuals. Nonsurgical treatment plays an important role in treating knee OA. The aim of the present study was to investigate the trends an...

    Authors: Kai Wang, Dan Xing, Shengjie Dong and Jianhao Lin

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:407

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  21. The recent increase in knee arthroplasty (KA) use in Korea is among the highest in the world. The rapid increase in KA use suggests that the KA use in Korea could have been affected by medically unjustifiable ...

    Authors: Agnus M. Kim, Sungchan Kang, Jong Heon Park, Tae Ho Yoon and Yoon Kim

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:400

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  22. The number of hip, knee and shoulder arthroplasties continues to rise worldwide. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has launched an initiative (called PaRIS Initiative) for the systemati...

    Authors: Alberto Grassi, Davide Golinelli, Dario Tedesco, Maurizia Rolli, Barbara Bordini, Marilina Amabile, Paola Rucci, Maria Pia Fantini and Stefano Zaffagnini

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:374

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  23. Fahr’s syndrome presenting multiple and symmetric calcification of basal ganglia and cerebral cortex is rare, and idiopathic hypoparatyroidism is known as one of the causes. The relationship between ossificati...

    Authors: Ikchan Jeon, Kyu Hyang Cho and Sang Woo Kim

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:362

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  24. The objectives of this study were to estimate the population prevalence and distribution of plantar heel pain in mid-to-older age groups, examine associations with selected health status and lifestyle factors,...

    Authors: Martin J. Thomas, Rebecca Whittle, Hylton B. Menz, Trishna Rathod-Mistry, Michelle Marshall and Edward Roddy

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:337

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  25. This study was conducted to determine gender differences in the relationship between extracurricular sports activities (ECSA) and low back pain (LBP) in children and adolescents.

    Authors: Ren Kikuchi, Toru Hirano, Kei Watanabe, Atsuki Sano, Tsuyoshi Sato, Takui Ito, Naoto Endo and Naohito Tanabe

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:327

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  26. This study aimed to evaluate the association of body composition components and obesity with bone density.

    Authors: Isabel Oliveira Bierhals, Juliana dos Santos Vaz, Renata Moraes Bielemann, Christian Loret de Mola, Fernando Celso Barros, Helen Gonçalves, Fernando César Wehrmeister and Maria Cecília Formoso Assunção

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:322

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  27. Sciatica is a painful condition managed by a stepped care approach for most patients. Currently, there are no decision-making tools to guide matching care pathways for patients with sciatica without evidence o...

    Authors: Kika Konstantinou, Kate M. Dunn, Danielle van der Windt, Reuben Ogollah, Vinay Jasani and Nadine E. Foster

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:313

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  28. To determine if adults with incident accelerated knee osteoarthritis (KOA) are more likely to have degenerative knee ligaments or tendons compared to individuals with typical or no KOA.

    Authors: Julie E. Davis, Matthew S. Harkey, Robert J. Ward, James W. MacKay, Bing Lu, Lori Lyn Price, Charles B. Eaton, Grace H. Lo, Mary F. Barbe, Timothy E. McAlindon and Jeffrey B. Driban

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:308

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  29. Osteoarthritis (OA) leads to joint failure and total joint replacement (TJR, either hip (H) or knee (K)). Worsening of pain and joint space narrowing are believed to be surrogates for joint failure; however, w...

    Authors: Cecilie L. Bager, Morten Karsdal, Asger Bihlet, Christian Thudium, Inger Byrjalsen and Anne C. Bay-Jensen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:303

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  30. Residents of rural and regional areas, compared to those in urban regions, are more likely to experience geographical difficulties in accessing healthcare, particularly specialist services. We investigated ass...

    Authors: Sharon L. Brennan-Olsen, Sara Vogrin, Stephen Graves, Kara L. Holloway-Kew, Richard S. Page, M. Amber Sajjad, Mark A. Kotowicz, Patricia M. Livingston, Mustafa Khasraw, Sharon Hakkennes, Trisha L. Dunning, Susan Brumby, Alasdair G. Sutherland, Jason Talevski, Darci Green, Thu-Lan Kelly…

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:300

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  31. Functional shoulder instability (FSI) is defined as glenohumeral instability that is not caused by structural defects but rather by abnormal muscle activation patterns. Patients with FSI are able to dislocate ...

    Authors: Victor Danzinger, Eva Schulz and Philipp Moroder

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:281

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  32. One of the reported goals of hip preservation surgery is to prevent or delay the onset of osteoarthritis. This includes arthroscopic surgery to manage Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) Syndrome. The purpose o...

    Authors: Daniel I. Rhon, Tina A. Greenlee, Charles Dennis Sissel and Michael P. Reiman

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:266

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  33. The epidemiology and cause of ossification of the spinal ligaments (OSL) remains obscure. To date, there is no study that comprehensively evaluates the prevalence, distribution, and concomitance of each type o...

    Authors: Haifeng Liang, Guobing Liu, Shunyi Lu, Shuguang Chen, Dongjie Jiang, Hongcheng Shi and Qinming Fei

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:253

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  34. Hand injuries occur at all ages. With an aging population globally an increasing number of hand injuries among the elderly is to be expected. The aim of the present study is to describe the health characterist...

    Authors: Olof Kringstad, Lars B. Dahlin and Hans-Eric Rosberg

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:245

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  35. Low back pain (LBP) is a common and costly problem throughout the United States. To achieve a greater understanding of the occupational risk factors, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (...

    Authors: Sue A. Ferguson, Andrew Merryweather, Matthew S. Thiese, Kurt T. Hegmann, Ming-Lun Lu, Jay M. Kapellusch and William S. Marras

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:243

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  36. Tendinopathies of the lower extremity (e.g. Achilles, patellar, and plantar heel pain) are common in both general and sporting populations. However, the prevalence and incidence in Danish general practice is u...

    Authors: Henrik Riel, Cassandra Frydendal Lindstrøm, Michael Skovdal Rathleff, Martin Bach Jensen and Jens Lykkegaard Olesen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:239

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  37. The Australian/Canadian hand Osteoarthritis Index (AUSCAN) and the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities knee and hip Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) are the most commonly used clinical tools to manage and mo...

    Authors: Paola Siviero, Federica Limongi, Antonella Gesmundo, Sabina Zambon, Cyrus Cooper, Elaine M. Dennison, Mark H. Edwards, Erik J. Timmermans, Suzan van der Pas, Laura A. Schaap, Natasja M. van Schoor, Michael D. Denkinger, Florian Herbolsheimer, Richard Peter, Maria Victoria Castell, Ángel Otero…

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:227

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  38. Back pain is one of the most common causes for disability in the working population. Some risk factors for back pain are well known, however little is known about factors uniquely associated with acute or chro...

    Authors: Steinthora Jonsdottir, Haroon Ahmed, Kristinn Tómasson and Ben Carter

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:215

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  39. Metabolic disorders presenting in HIV-infected patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART) may increase the risk of osteoarthritis. However, structural changes of the knee in HIV infected subjects are understudie...

    Authors: Yao Liu, Sarah C. Foreman, Gabby B. Joseph, Jan Neumann, Phyllis C. Tien, Xiaoming Li, Nancy E. Lane, Michael C. Nevitt, Charles E. McCulloch and Thomas M. Link

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:190

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  40. Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions are a common presentation in primary care. This study sought to determine the prevalence of MSK conditions in primary care in Ontario and to validate the extent to which health...

    Authors: Bridget L. Ryan, Heather L. Maddocks, Scott McKay, Robert Petrella, Amanda L. Terry and Moira Stewart

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:187

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  41. Chronic pain (CP) can be a symptom of many underlying health issues. The consequences of CP may vary from slight discomfort to disruption of quality of life and normal functioning. In this study, we aim to inv...

    Authors: Ashraf El-Metwally, Quratulain Shaikh, Abdulrahman Aldiab, Jamaan Al-Zahrani, Sameer Al-Ghamdi, Abdullah A. Alrasheed, Mowafa Househ, Omar B. Da’ar, Shanila Nooruddin, Hira Abdul Razzak and Khaled K. Aldossari

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:177

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  42. Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are prevalent in working populations and could result in a number of detrimental consequences. In China, healthcare professionals (HCP) in large hospitals may be likely to suff...

    Authors: Hongyun Dong, Qiong Zhang, Guangzeng Liu, Tingguo Shao and Yingzhi Xu

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:175

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  43. A small cross sectional area (CSA) of the paraspinal muscles may be related to low back pain among military aviators but previous studies have mainly concentrated on spinal disc degeneration. Therefore, the pr...

    Authors: Tuomas Honkanen, Matti Mäntysaari, Tuomo Leino, Janne Avela, Liisa Kerttula, Ville Haapamäki and Heikki Kyröläinen

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:170

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  44. Chronic low back pain (cLBP) affects millions of Americans and costs billions. Studies suggest a link between cLBP and joint hypermobility.

    Authors: Adam P. Goode, Rebecca J. Cleveland, Todd A. Schwartz, Amanda E. Nelson, Virginia B. Kraus, Howard J. Hillstrom, Marian T. Hannan, Portia Flowers, Jordan B. Renner, Joanne M. Jordan and Yvonne M. Golightly

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:158

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  45. It has been suggested that smoking is associated with reduced risk of knee osteoarthritis (OA). However, supplementary studies are needed to further investigate any such potential association. Thus, our aim wa...

    Authors: Marianne Bakke Johnsen, Kenneth Pihl, Nis Nissen, Rasmus Reinholdt Sørensen, Uffe Jørgensen, Martin Englund and Jonas Bloch Thorlund

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:141

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  46. Recent findings indicate that wide international variation in the prevalence of disabling regional musculoskeletal pain among working populations is driven by unidentified factors predisposing to pain at multi...

    Authors: E. Rizzello, G. Ntani, I. Madan and D. Coggon

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:133

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  47. Bone stress fractures are overuse injuries commonly encountered in sports and military medicine. Some fatigue fractures lead to morbidity and loss of active, physically-demanding training days. We evaluated th...

    Authors: Harri Pihlajamäki, Mickael Parviainen, Heikki Kyröläinen, Hannu Kautiainen and Ilkka Kiviranta

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:126

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  48. Obesity and sedentary behaviour, risk factors for knee osteoarthritis in middle-age, are increasing in younger adults. The objectives of this study were to estimate the prevalence of knee problems in young adu...

    Authors: Chukwuemeka Ibeachu, James Selfe, Chris J. Sutton and Paola Dey

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:116

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  49. Stroke is a major risk factor for osteoporosis and fractures. No study has evaluated the association between diuretic use and risk of vertebral fracture in stroke patients, although a considerable proportion o...

    Authors: Shu-Man Lin, Shih-Hsien Yang, Chih-Yung Wang and Huei-Kai Huang

    Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2019 20:96

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