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The University of Colorado Hospital Metabolic Bone Disease Clinic


Metabolic Bone Diseases are disorders of bone remodeling that result in fractures or deformity of bones. The most common metabolic bone diseases are osteoporosis, osteomalacia, Paget's disease, renal osteodystrophy, osteitis fibrosa cystica and osteogenesis imperfecta. Osteoporosis is a particularly common disease that is responsible for approximately 1.5 million fractures in the United States each year.

Michael T. McDermott M.D., and Sterling G. West M.D. at the University of Colorado Hospital specialize in the diagnosis and management of these conditions. Diagnostic techniques available include state-of-the-art bone densitometry (Dual Energy X-ray absorptiometry or DXA), radiology, biochemical testing and bone biopsy, when indicated. Treatment modalities include exercise counseling, physical therapy, nutritional counseling, calcium supplements, vitamin D supplements, medications that inhibit bone resorption (bisphosphonates, estrogen, selective estrogen receptor modulators, calcitonin) and medications that stimulate bone formation (parathyroid hormones).

The Metabolic Bone Disease Clinic is located in the Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes Practice, located on the 6th floor of the Anschutz Outpatient Pavilion at the Anschutz Centers for Advanced Medicine at 1635 N. Ursula St, Aurora CO 80010. For appointments or additional information, please call 720.848.2650.

Additional reading material:

  • McDermott MT, Miller PD, Zapalowski C. Osteoporosis. Philadelphia: Hanley and Belfus, 2003
  • McDermott MT. Osteoporosis. In: McDermott MT, ed. Endocrine secrets (3rd edition). Philadelphia: Hanley and Belfus, 99-109, 2001.
  • McDermott MT: Osteoporosis screening and management. Primary Care Case Reviews 1 (2):70-80,1998.