J Korean Orthop Assoc.  2021 Jun;56(3):266-271. 10.4055/jkoa.2021.56.3.266.

Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fracture Associated with Pregnancy and Lactation in Young Women

  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Sung-Ae Hospital, Seoul, Korea


Osteoporosis associated with pregnancy and lactation is a rare disease that can cause osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture (OVCF). Patients usually complain of severe back pain, which is easily mistaken for pain due to pregnancy, childbirth, and lactation, making a rapid diagnosis and treatment difficult. The authors diagnosed OVCF related to pregnancy and lactation through a physical examination, simple radiography, whole-body bone scan, magnetic resonance image, bone marrow density, and blood tests in a 29-year-old female patient and a 31-year-old female patient who presented with low back pain. This paper reports two cases of symptom improvement through a teriparatide injection, wearing thoracic lumbar sacral orthosis and taking calcium and vitamin D with a review of the literature.


osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture; pregnancy; lactation
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