Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology

RESPONSE TO LETTER TO EDITOR
Year
: 2019  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 268-

Bone mineral density loss in cirrhotics: Impact of country specific data


Ibrahim Muhsen1, Abdullah AlKhenizan2, Fahad Alsohaibani3,  
1 Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Family Medicine, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Medicine, Section of Gastroenterology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Fahad Alsohaibani
Department of Medicine MBC # 46, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, P.O BOX 3354, Riyadh 11211
Saudi Arabia




How to cite this article:
Muhsen I, AlKhenizan A, Alsohaibani F. Bone mineral density loss in cirrhotics: Impact of country specific data.Saudi J Gastroenterol 2019;25:268-268


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Muhsen I, AlKhenizan A, Alsohaibani F. Bone mineral density loss in cirrhotics: Impact of country specific data. Saudi J Gastroenterol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Oct 13 ];25:268-268
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Sir,

We would like to thank the author for his comments and interest in our study.[1] Our study was the first study to be conducted in cirrhotic patients in Saudi Arabia, supporting the need to apply preventative measures for the early diagnosis and management of osteoporosis among patients with cirrhosis. Clearly, as highlighted in our study, there is a need for larger prospective cohort studies to confirm this relationship.[2]

With regards to the bone mineral density reference value, this study used dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scan (Lunar iDXA, General Electric) which is standardized based on established international reference values. Finally, the study of Ardawi et al. was relatively a small study and included individuals from one city in the country, which limited its generalizability.[3]

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Conflicts of interest

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References

1Al-Mendalawi MD. Bone mineral density loss in patients with cirrhosis. Saudi J Gastroenterol 2019. DOI: 10.4103/sjg.SJG_565_18.
2Muhsen IN, AlFreihi O, Abaalkhail F, AlKhenizan A, Khan M, Eldali A, et al. Bone mineral density loss in patients with cirrhosis. Saudi J Gastroenterol 2018;24:342-7.
3Ardawi MS, Maimany AA, Bahksh TM, Nasrat HA, Milaat WA, Al-Raddadi RM. Bone mineral density of the spine and femur in healthy Saudis. Osteoporos Int 2005;16:43-55.