A Rare Cause of Back Pain after Pregnancy: Postpartum Osteoporosis and Treatment Approach

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Ilhan M., Cetin I. Y. , Kurtulus D., KARAMAN Ö. , TAŞAN E.

TURK OSTEOPOROZ DERGISI-TURKISH JOURNAL OF OSTEOPOROSIS, vol.22, no.3, pp.153-155, 2016 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.4274/tod.32650
  • Page Numbers: pp.153-155


Pregnancy associated osteoporosis (PAO) is a rare disease characterized by multiple vertebral compression fractures, limitation of movement and severe back pain. A positive family history of PAO, decreased body mass index, sedentary life style, smoking, malnutrition and low calcium intake are among the risk factors of this disease. PAO should be considered in patients with back pain during pregnancy and postpartum period. As a specified therapy option is lack for PAO, discontinuation of lactation and the supplementation of calcium and vitamin D are the main steps of the treatment in patients who are planning to become pregnant in the future. The current data show that bisphosphonates should be avoided and teriparatide may be a treatment option in patients who are planning to become pregnant. In this case report, it was aimed to highlight the diagnosis and treatment approaches of PAO in a patient with back pain during postpartum period.