The clinical care arm and specialty clinics of the program are a major referral center nationally and regionally. They offer more than 2,000 patient consultations each year to adult and pediatric patients with bone and mineral disorders. Bone disorders treated at our specialty clinics include postmenopausal osteoporosis; glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis; osteoporosis in men; idiopathic osteoporosis; juvenile osteoporosis; pregnancy associated osteoporosis; osteogenesis imperfecta; osteopetrosis; osteoporosis in chronic liver and kidney failure; cancer treatment-induced bone loss; Paget’s disease of the bone; fibrous dysplasia; primary, secondary, and tertiary hyperparathyroidism; multiple endocrine neoplasia; hereditary and acquired rickets; hypoparathyroidism; atypical femoral fractures; and osteonecrosis of the jaw.
Under the direction of Dr. El-Hajj Fuleihan, the Calcium Metabolism and Osteoporosis Program Bone Densitometry Unit offers state-of-the-art densitometry and advanced technology. This includes trabecular bone score measurement, hip structural analysis, body composition, and visceral fat assessment. The BMD Unit at AUBMC is the only center in Lebanon and the region in which all faculty and technologists are certified by the ISCD. It abides by the most rigorous quality assurance standards and provides over 3,000 bone density scans per year for clinical and research purposes. The unit has initiated the process to secure ISCD “facility accreditation.” If successful, it would be the first accredited BMD unit outside the United States.
Bone density and body composition measurements that fulfill the highest international standards in our program, are an integral asset of our program’s clinical and research operations, distinguishing it as a unique regional center of excellence.
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