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JAMA Revisited
August 16, 2016

Senile Osteoporosis of the Spinal ColumnJohn R. Black, M.D., Ralph K. Ghormley, M.D., and John D. Camp, M.D., Rochester, Minn.

JAMA. 2016;316(7):777. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.17098

The syndrome of senile osteoporosis as it is understood today is different in some respects from its early description. In the early cases the diagnosis was made on the basis of the clinical findings and was confirmed at necropsy; as a consequence the diagnosis was usually made in the advanced stages and the postmortem examination showed extensive osteoporosis. Today, with improved methods for diagnosis, routine roentgenologic examination may disclose the condition even without clinical signs and symptoms.

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