Hormone replacement therapy and prevention of vertebral fractures: a meta-analysis of randomised trials

David J. Torgerson, Sally E.M. Bell-Syer

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BACKGROUND: Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is often seen as the treatment of choice for preventing fractures in women. We undertook a recent meta-analysis of randomised trials which suggested that HRT reduced non-vertebral fractures by 30%. In this analysis we extend that analysis to vertebral fractures. METHODS: We searched the main electronic databases until the end of August 2001. We sought all randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of HRT where women had been randomised to at least 12 months of HRT or to no HRT. RESULTS: We found 13 RCTs. Overall there was a 33% reduction in vertebral factures (95% confidence interval (CI) 45% to 98%). CONCLUSIONS: This review and meta-analysis showed a significant reduction in vertebral fractures associated with HRT use.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Publication statusPublished - 6 Nov 2001

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© 2001 Torgerson and Bell-Syer; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article: verbatim copying and redistribution of this article are permitted in all media for any purpose, provided this notice is preserved along with the article's original URL.

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