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Osteoporosis

Is a Dexascan Useful for Detecting Any Osteoporosis Problems?

02/05/2007

Question:

I am a 60 year old male who takes Synthroid for an underactive thyroid and Protonix (for several years) for acid reflux. I recently read that Protonix can result in osteoporosis and an underactive thyroid can affect bone density also. Would a dexascan be a good test for me to see if anything is awry?

Answer:

If your TSH level is in the normal range on Synthroid, your thyroid condition should not be a problem.  Check with your primary doctor to see if you need to take Protonix all the time.  If you have had any fractures as an adult or if there is a strong history of osteoporosis in your family, it would be a good idea to go ahead with a DXA study.

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Response by:

Margery   Gass, MD Margery Gass, MD
Formely, Professor, Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati