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Increasing Bone Mass and Bone Strength in Individuals with Chronic Spinal Cord Injury: Maximizing Response to Therapy

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Technical Report,30 Sep 2016,29 Sep 2017

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Northwestern University Evanston United States

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Rapid bone loss is a universal accompaniment of acute spinal cord injury SCI and leads to severe loss of bone mass and bone strength with a marked increased risk of fracture. This 24 month double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study evaluates in 60 participants the efficacy bone mass and bone strength and safety of zoledronic acid administered early after acute SCI to prevent bone loss, the duration of its effects and the value of using biomarkers to guide therapy. Data collection bone imaging and biomarkers occurs at baseline and after 3, 6 and 12 months during the first year participants are re-randomized after 12 months with subsequent data collection at 18 and 24 months. Currently, all regulatory requirements for the study have been completed. Fifty-one 51 participants have been randomized and treated. No unexpected safety events have occurred. Data collection is on-going and additional patients are being screened for study entry.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmacology

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