Bone density

How is bone density related to schizophrenia?

Bone density disorders can cause severe disability among those affected. The exact causes of bone density abnormalities are currently unknown. This topic investigates whether they could be a side effect of antipsychotic medications.

What is the evidence for bone density abnormalities?

Moderate to low quality evidence finds a small effect of greater risk of hip fractures in people with schizophrenia taking antipsychotics compared to people not taking antipsychotics.

Low quality evidence is unclear as to whether bone density is reduced in people with schizophrenia.

October 2020

Last updated at: 3:53 am, 15th October 2020
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Red - Topic summary has no current systematic review available.