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Bone Abstracts (2015) 4 P36 | DOI: 10.1530/boneabs.4.P36

ICCBH2015 Poster Presentations (1) (201 abstracts)

Bone mineral density, pubertal status and ability to walk are associated to fracture incidence in patients with Rett syndrome

Anya Rothenbuhler 1 , Laure Esterle 1 , Najiba Lahlou 2 , Thierry Bienvenu 3 , Nadia Bahi-Buisson 4 & Agnes Linglart 1

1Pediatric Endocrinology, Bicêtre University Hospital, Paris, France; 2Laboratoire d’Hormonologie spécialisée et métabolisme, Hôpital Cochin, Paris, France; 3Institut Cochin, Paris, France; 4Pediatric Neurology, Necker University Hospital, Paris, France.

Rett (RTT) syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects girls almost exclusively. The majority are related to mutations in the MECP2 gene.

Patients with RTT syndrome have a high incidence of fractures that can occur at a young age. One of the objectives of this study was to identify clinical, radiographic and biological parameters associated to fracture incidence.

89 RTT patients bearing a MECP2 mutation who had no past history of bisphosphonate treatment or orthopedic surgery to the spine were recruited prospectively. The following clinical, radiographic and biological parameters were evaluated: history of fractures and anti-epileptic drugs, ability to walk, BMI, pubertal status, Kerr severity score, daily calorie, calcium and vitamin D intake, bone mineral density (BMD) at the spine and hip using DEXA, X-rays of the spine and urinary calcium excretion.

Mean age of patients was 11.8±7.1 years 19/89 (21%) of patients had a history of fracture(s). Ambulatory patients had a higher incidence of fractures (41%) compared to those unable to walk (14%) even though they had a higher BMD of −1.72±0.18 z-score SDS at the spine and −2.48±0.23 z-score SDS at hip compared to −3±0.23 and −2.48±0.23 respectively, in non-walking RTT patients. Even though pubertal patients had a higher BMD compared to non-pubertal patients, −1.6±0.33 vs −2.27±0.15 z-score SDS at the spine, the incidence of fractures was the highest (30%) in the pubertal ambulatory patients. BMD at the spine and the hip was significantly lower in patients who had fractures, respectively at −2.78±0.3 and −3.21±0.36 SDS z-score compared to patients with no history of fractures, respectively at −1.76±0.16 and −2.24±0.18 SDS z-score. No difference was found for the other studied parameters between the fractured and non-fractured patients. BMD was significantly correlated to the disease severity Kerr score and BMI z-score.

Pubertal ambulatory RTT patients have the highest incidence of fractures.

BMD, ambulatory status and pubertal development are related to fracture incidence in RTT patients.

Disclosure: The authors declared no competing interests.

Volume 4

7th International Conference on Children's Bone Health

Salzburg, Austria
27 Jun 2015 - 30 Jun 2015


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