Data from Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity - Curated by EPG Health - Date available 01 December 2013


Free full text

Original date published

1 December 2013

Original format

Print publication

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review will describe the clinical significance, pathogenesis and treatment of cystic fibrosis related bone disease (CFBD).

RECENT FINDINGS: CFBD continues to increase as the life expectancy of individuals with cystic fibrosis increases. According to clinical guidelines, individuals with cystic fibrosis should be initially screened at the age of 18 years via dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry, if not done so previously. The underlying pathogenesis of CFBD appears to be multifactorial, but increasing data imply a direct impact by the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR). CFTR deficiency and/or dysfunction impair osteoblast activity and differentiation, and indirectly promote osteoclast formation. Unfortunately, once diagnosed with CFBD, few cystic fibrosis tested medical therapies exist.

SUMMARY: CFBD is an increasingly recognized complication that has a significant impact on the overall health of the individual. Recommendations to identify patients with cystic fibrosis who are at risk for fracture using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry have been established. Therapeutic agents directly studied in patients with cystic fibrosis are limited to bisphosphonates, although other potential treatment agents exist. Finally, an improved understanding of the pathologic mechanisms will aid in the study and development of therapies.

Data sources

Read abstract on library site Access full article


You will need to login, to leave a comment. is not monitored for collection of adverse event reports. Any adverse events should be reported to your national reporting agency and/or the manufacturer.

Learning Zones

An Learning Zone (LZ) is an area of the site dedicated to providing detailed self-directed medical education about a disease, condition or procedure.

Cystic Fibrosis Knowledge Centre

Cystic Fibrosis Knowledge Centre

View disease awareness information, treatment options and European Cystic Fibrosis Society best practice guidelines.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

View highlights from recent congresses presented in new expert videos with leading physicians.

+ 7 more

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis causes great strain on the workforce. Help to reduce sick days and improve productivity with appropriate treatment options.

+ 4 more

Load more

Related Content