At the mid-radius, pre-pubertal asthmatic children had smaller periosteal and endosteal circumferences and thicker cortical shells compared to controls, when assessed by peripheral quantitative computed tomography. Asthmatics had diminished periosteal expansion for muscle size, suggesting that asthma, its treatment, or its effects on physical activity had resulted in impaired adaptation of bone to muscle loading. Alterations in cortical bone geometry might explain the increased fracture risk in asthmatic children.
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Published Online First 11 January 2006
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