Concurrent bisphosphonate-related bilateral atypical subtrochanteric fractures and osteonecrosis of the jaw on bone scintigraphy

Jo E.un Kim, Mijin Yun, Sung Kil Lim, Yumie Rhee

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An 82-year-old woman presented with bilateral thigh pain. She had pain in her right thigh operated for a low-trauma fracture 2 years earlier and newly developed pain in her left thigh without trauma. A whole-body bone scan revealed increased tracer uptake in her bilateral subtrochanteric femoral shafts and in the right mandible without evidence of metastatic bone disease. She had been taking bisphosphonates for 7 years to treat osteoporosis and was soon diagnosed with atypical subtrochanteric fractures and bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw. The bone scan simultaneously identified 2 serious adverse effects of long-term use of bisphosphonates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450-452
Number of pages3
JournalClinical nuclear medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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