RRML - Bone status and aortic calcifications in chondrocalcinosis patients

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Nr. 28(2)/2020 DOI:10.2478/rrlm-2020-0019

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Bone status and aortic calcifications in chondrocalcinosis patients

Paulina Vele, Ciprian Nicolae Silaghi, Laura Otilia Damian, Siao-Pin Simon, Alexandra Craciun, Simona Rednic

Correspondence should be addressed to: Paulina Vele


Aim: We aimed to examine the association between several circulating bone turnover markers [ osteocalcin (OC), osteoprotegerin (OPG), beta-CrossLaps (β-CTx)], hip and spine bone mineral density (BMD) and abdominal aortic calcification (AAC) in patients with chondrocalcinosis (CC). Methods: Thirty-six patients with CC and thirty-seven controls were consecutively enrolled in this pilot case-control, cross-sectional study. The following parameters were assessed: serum levels of OC, OPG and β-CTx by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA); hip and spine BMD by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry and AAC score by lateral radiography. Results: Patients with CC had higher levels of serum bone turnover markers and AAC score than the control group: OC [6.5 (3.5-9.9) vs 4.5 (2.6-7.2) ng/ml; p=0.05], OPG [(7.7 (6.2-9.4) vs 6.5 (5.5-8.12) pmol/ml; p=0.02], β-CTx [6078 (5870-6171) vs 5851 (5465-6109) pg/ml; p=0.02] and AAC score (3.6±6.2 vs 0.5±2; p=0.006). Conversely, even if statistical significance was not reached, hip and spine BMD was lower in patients with CC. Additionally, we found a positive correlation between OPG and AAC, but also between OPG and osteoporosis in patients with CC. Conclusion: Patients with CC are characterized by higher circulating OC, OPG and β-CTx. The presence of AAC was more common in patients with CC, being only associated with serum OPG.

Keywords: chondrocalcinosis, osteocalcin, osteoprotegerin, beta cross laps, abdominal aortic calcifications

Received: 25.11.2019
Accepted: 19.2.2020
Published: 5.3.2020

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Vele P, Silaghi CN, Damian LO, Simon SP, Craciun A, Rednic S. Bone status and aortic calcifications in chondrocalcinosis patients. Rev Romana Med Lab. 2020;28(2):195-204. DOI:10.2478/rrlm-2020-0019