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Table 2 Variables associated with the variation in bone-mineral density (mg/cm2/year) at different sites in patients with early arthritis

From: A rational use of glucocorticoids in patients with early arthritis has a minimal impact on bone mass

  Multivariate analysis
  Lumbar spine Total hip UD forearm D forearm M forearm
  Coeff ± SD P Coeff ± SD P Coeff ± SD P Coeff ± SD P Coeff ± SD P
Age (by year) 0.3 ± 0.1 0.006 0.2 ± 0.1 0.026 - NI - NS - NI
Female gender - NS 6.1 ± 3.6 0.094 8.7 ± 4.1 0.032 - NI - NS
Menopause - NI - NI -6.4 ± 3.3 0.057 -3.5 ± 1.4 0.01 - NI
Hypertension 6.9 ± 3.9 0.081 - NS - NI - NS 6.7 ± 3.6 0.06
Diabetes -19.5 ± 4.8 <0.001 - NI - NI - NI -10.3 ± 5.3 0.05
Thyroid dis. -13.7 ± 3.9 <0.001 - NI -10.3 ± 4 0.01 - NI - NI
Mean DAS28 -0.3 ± 0.1 0.042 -0.2 ± 0.1 0.141 -2.3 ± 1.6 0.145 - NS - NI
GC use
(mg/mo)
0.01 ± 0.02 NS -0.01 ± 0.02 NS 0.05 ± 0.02 0.024 -0.001 ± 0.009 NS -0.05 ± 0.02 0.025
  1. Abbreviations: D, distal; DAS28, disease activity score in 28 joints; M, medium; NS, not statistically significant; NI, not included in the analysis; Thyroid dis., thyroid disorders; UD, ultradistal.