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JRPMS Vol 4, No 1, March 2020, p.24-29

doi: 10.22540/JRPMS-04-024


Review Article

Osteoporosis in frail patients

Georgia Manoli1, Ioannis K. Triantafyllopoulos2

  1. Nursing Department, KAT General Hospital of Athens, Athens, Greece
  2. Laboratory for Research of the Musculoskeletal System, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Keywords: Frailty, Osteoporosis, Anorexia Nervosa, Cancer, Oldest Old


Frailty, a condition that many people share nowadays, is connected to both the modern way of life and also age, physical and mental condition of a person. Sometimes, it is characterized by rapid weight alterations, slow walking speed and extreme tiredness, symptoms which vary according to the patient. It is a condition that can be altered or in other cases treated and thus it is can be a challenge for both the doctor and patient. Osteoporosis in such patients can be a riddle - sometimes it is not discovered or it is not treated properly leading to more problems. Sarcopenic patients, namely those with severe anorexic disorders, people with transplants and malignant tumors can be harmed even more because their conditions allow osteoporosis not only to grow but also become harder to be traced by the doctors. Bone loss appreciation is an urgent process because it can prove to be supportive to the patients and doctors and by all means improves the problems that may occur to people suffering from frailty.