CONTEXT: Pituitary hormonal deficiencies in patients with craniopharyngioma may impair their bone health. OBJECTIVE: To investigate bone health in patients with craniopharyngioma. DESIGN: Retrospective cross-sectional study. SETTING: Dutch and Swedish referral centers. PATIENTS: Patients with craniopharyngioma (n = 177) with available data on bone health after a median follow-up of 16 years (range, 1-62) were included (106 [60%] Dutch, 93 [53%] male, 84 [48%] childhood-onset disease). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Fractures, dual X-ray absorptiometry-derived bone mineral density (BMD), and final height were evaluated. Low BMD was defined as T- or Z-score ≤-1 and very low BMD as ≤-2.5 or ≤-2.0, respectively. RESULTS: Fractures occurred in 31 patients (18%) and were more frequent in men than in women (26% vs. 8%, P = .002). Mean BMD was normal (Z-score total body 0.1 [range, -4.1 to 3.5]) but T- or Z-score ≤-1 occurred in 47 (50%) patients and T-score ≤-2.5 or Z-score ≤-2.0 in 22 (24%) patients. Men received less often treatment for low BMD than women (7% vs. 18%, P = .02). Female sex (OR 0.3, P = .004) and surgery (odds ratio [OR], 0.2; P = .01) were both independent protective factors for fractures, whereas antiepileptic medication was a risk factor (OR, 3.6; P = .03), whereas T-score ≤-2.5 or Z-score ≤-2.0 was not (OR, 2.1; P = .21). Mean final height was normal and did not differ between men and women, or adulthood and childhood-onset patients. CONCLUSIONS: Men with craniopharyngioma are at higher risk than women for fractures. In patients with craniopharyngioma, a very low BMD (T-score ≤-2.5 or Z-score ≤-2.0) seems not to be a good predictor for fracture risk.

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Keywords bone health, bone mineral density, craniopharyngioma, final height, fractures
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1210/clinem/dgz279, hdl.handle.net/1765/125540
Journal Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Citation
van Santen, S.S. (Selveta S.), Olsson, D.S. (Daniel S.), van den Heuvel-Eibrink, M.M, Wijnen, M, Hammarstrand, C. (Casper), Janssen, J.A.M.J.L. (Joseph A M J L), … Neggers, S.J.C.M.M. (Sebastian J C M M). (2020). Fractures, Bone Mineral Density, and Final Height in Craniopharyngioma Patients with a Follow-up of 16 Years. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 105(4). doi:10.1210/clinem/dgz279