Anood Jamal Alshaali
The Arab Board of Health Specializations, UAE
Dr Anood Al Shaali has graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She has completed the Arab Board in Community Medicine in 2013. She is currently working as a Community Medicine Senior Specialist Registrar in the Elderly Care Unit, Dubai Health Authority.
Vertebral fractures are one of the most common fractures associated with low bone mineral density. However, two third to three fourth of patients with vertebral fractures are not clinically recognized. The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of vertebral fractures in patients referred for bone densitometry and the most common site of fracture. The study was carried out in the osteoporosis clinic in Dubai Primary healthcare center. A total of 120 patients were examined using the dual energy x-ray absorptiometry. Of all the patients, 48.3% were osteoporotic and 40.9% were osteopoenic. The overall prevalence of vertebral fracture was 14.2%. The result showed that the prevalence of vertebral fracture was higher in female compared to male (15.7% and 9.7% respectively). It was found that patients aged 80 and above had the highest prevalence of vertebral fracture (54.5%). Undiagnosed vertebral fractures were common. Therefore, it is crucial to prevent vertebral fracture through early diagnosis and appropriate treatment of osteoporosis.