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Old 03-11-2012
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74-year-old female presented to the ER with the sudden onset of severe upper back pain. Physical examination shows point tenderness over the thoracic vertebra. Neurological examination is unremarkable. X-ray of the spine reveals a compression fracture of a thoracic vertebra. On the graph, area "C" shows the normal relationship between the serum concentrations of calcium and parathyroid hormone.

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Which of the following areas represent this patient's metabolic state?

A. Area A
B. Area B
C. Area C
D. Area D
E. Area E
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its a uworld question. the patient suffers from osteoporosis (old age, female, compression fracture). and Uworld says that in osteporosis the calcium and PTH relationship remains normal and so the answer is C.
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I agreed with the answer C as well.
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thoracic vertebrae is a weird place for osteoporosis to be though, no?

i was going to say C
then i was like hmm, its a weird place, so maybe the patient does have some pth abnormalities, in which case i was thinking B.
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