Iliac crest bone biopsy with histomorphometry is the gold standard for diagnosis of abnormalities in bone turnover, yet fractures more frequently occur at the greater trochanter of the hip. Whether bone turnover is similar at these two anatomic sites within individuals is uncertain.
We collected bone biopsy samples from the ipsilateral iliac crest and greater trochanter in 9 deceased individuals undergoing autopsies at an academic medical center between March-August 2018. We measured 14 static bone histomorphometry parameters including osteoclast number (N.Oc/T.A), eroded surface (ES/BS), trabecular separation (Tb.Sp), osteoclast surface (Oc.S/BS) and osteoid volume (OV/BV) as markers of bone turnover, mineralization, and volume (TMV), and evaluated the correlation of these markers between the iliac crest and greater trochanter.
Average age at time of death was 58±15 years, 2 were women, and average time from death to autopsy was 2.9 ± 1.8 days. Overall, correlations of the markers of bone turnover across the two sites were poor, ranging from as low as 0 for Tb.Sp (p=1.0) to as high as 0.583 for Oc.S/BS (p=0.102).
Static histomorphometric measures of bone turnover at the iliac crest may not provide reliable information about turnover at other anatomic sites.

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