Intravenous cyclical bisphosphonates are widely used to treat children with moderate to severe osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). Bisphosphonates are often discontinued when growth is completed, but subsequent skeletal changes have not been studied in detail. We assessed 31 patients (22 females) with OI who had started intravenous bisphosphonates (either pamidronate or zoledronic acid) before 13 years of age, were treated for at least 2 years (range 4.7–15.7 years), and discontinued treatment after completion of growth, when their age ranged from 13.4 to 20.0 years (mean 16.4 years). At 4 years after treatment discontinuation, lumbar spine areal bone mineral density (BMD) had increased by 4% (p < 0.05). Peripheral quantitative computed tomography of the radius showed a decrease in trabecular volumetric BMD at the distal metaphysis of 19% but an increase in cortical volumetric BMD of 4% (p < 0.05 for both). None of the patients sustained a new vertebral compression fracture during follow‐up. The proportion of patients with new long‐bone fractures was higher in the 2 years before treatment discontinuation than in the last 2 years of follow‐up (42% and 16%, respectively; p < 0.05). © 2019 American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.
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