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See detailReproducibility and diagnostic sensitivity of ultrasonometry of the phalanges to assess osteoporosis.
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Dethor, M; Pirenne, H et al

in International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics (1998), 63(1), 21-8

OBJECTIVE: The present study was designed to assess the reproducibility and the diagnostic sensitivity of the amplitude-dependent speed of sound (SoS) at the distal metaphysis of the proximal phalanges ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The present study was designed to assess the reproducibility and the diagnostic sensitivity of the amplitude-dependent speed of sound (SoS) at the distal metaphysis of the proximal phalanges. METHOD: Fourteen presumably healthy volunteers were repeatedly measured every 6 weeks for approximately 6 months in order to assess the reproducibility of the SoS of the phalanges. We recruited 91 post-menopausal women, aged 55-75 years, who were divided in three groups according to their lumbar bone mineral density (BMD) and the existence of prevalent vertebral fractures. The objective was to evaluate the diagnostic sensitivity of SoS measurements. We used DBM Sonic 1200 equipment, and assessed the velocity at which US cross the phalanx in a lateral-medial direction. In post-menopausal women, BMD was measured by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) at the level of the lumbar spine, the total zone of the non-dominant hip and the femoral neck zone of the non-dominant hip. RESULTS: The precision of the SoS measurements was 0.71+/-0.05% (mean+/-S.E.M) whereas the reproducibility was 0.95+/-0.06%. Subjects with low BMD or prevalent fractures had significantly lower values of SoS (P < 0.001) than the controls. ROC curve analysis applied to the study population confirmed that SoS was able to discriminate between the controls and osteoporotic subjects (area under the ROC curves were 0.82 (low bone mineral density) and 0.85 (prevalent fractures), respectively). Hip BMD was found to be the most significant variable when comparing the controls and the low density patients by stepwise discrimination and SoS significantly improved the discrimination between the groups when added to the hip BMD. The hip BMD was again the most discriminant variable when applying the same techniques to controls and patients with prevalent fractures, followed by SoS and lumbar BMD. A cut-off value of 1881 m/s is defined for SoS by logistic discrimination and likelihood ratio function. With this value, the sensitivity and the specificity for SoS used in the diagnosis of established osteoporosis were, 81.5% and 79.3%, respectively. Sensitivity and specificity were significantly improved when combining ultrasonometry and densitometry. CONCLUSION: Measurement of ultrasound velocity at the phalanges appears to be a precise and reproducible technique. SoS discriminates between normal post-menopausal women and patients with either low lumbar BMD or prevalent fractures to the same extent as BMD measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailRadiation therapy duration influences overall survival in patients with cervix carcinoma.
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Delaloye, J-F; Pampallona, S et al

in International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics (1997), 57

of the cervix treated by radical radiation therapy. Method; Three hundred and sixty patients with FIG0 stage IB-IIIB carcinoma of the cervix were treated in Lausanne (Switzerland) with external radiation ... [more ▼]

of the cervix treated by radical radiation therapy. Method; Three hundred and sixty patients with FIG0 stage IB-IIIB carcinoma of the cervix were treated in Lausanne (Switzerland) with external radiation and brachytherapy as first line therapy. Median therapy duration was 45 days. Patients were classified according to the duration of the therapies, taking 60 days (the 75th percentile) as an arbitrary cut-off. Results: The 5-year survival was 61% (SE. = 3%) for the therapy duration group of less than 60 days and 53% (SE. = 7%) for the group of more than 60 days. In terms of univariate hazard ratio (HR), the relative difference between the hvo groups corresponds to a 50% increase of deaths (HR = 1.53, 95% CI = 1.03-2.28) for the longer therapy duration group (P = 0.044). In a multivariate analysis, the magnitude of estimated relative hazards for the longer therapies are confirmed though significance was reduced (HR = 1.52, 95% CI = 0.94-2.45, P = 0.084). Conclusion: These findings suggesthat short treatment duration is a factor associated with longer survival in carcinoma of the cervix. 0 1997 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics [less ▲]

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See detailEpidemiology of osteoporosis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics (1991), 2

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