Prospective biomarker evaluation in patients with osteonecrosis of the jaw who received bisphosphonates

Jin Woo Kim, Kyoung Ae Kong, Sun Jong Kim, Sung Keun Choi, In Ho Cha, Myung Rae Kim

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Bone biomarkers have been suggested for the risk assessment for osteonecrosis of the jaw, a serious complication associated with bisphosphonate (BP) use; however, no consensus has been reached. This study investigated the possible associations between bone biomarkers and the development of bisphosphonates-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (BRONJ).This is a case-control study of 37 patients with BRONJ (age, 73.6. ±. 11.2. years) who had at least 1 sample available at diagnosis, out of which, 35 were taking BPs for osteoporosis and 2 patients for bone metastasis. Age- and gender-matched 37 patients who had been exposed to BPs for >. 24. months and had no evidence of BRONJ after dentoalveolar surgery served as control group. The association between biomarkers (osteocalcin [OC], deoxypyridinoline [DPD], C-terminal telopeptide of collagen I [CTX], N-terminal telopeptides [NTX], bone-specific alkaline phosphatase [BAP], and parathyroid hormone [PTH]) and BRONJ development, the effects of BP discontinuation on biomarkers, and the performance of biomarkers for risk assessment were investigated.In our study, the PTH levels were found to be significantly higher in BRONJ patients compared to controls (. P<. 0.05). But the OC, DPD, CTX, NTX, and BAP levels were not significantly different between the 2 groups (. P>. 0.05). The CTX level in reference to a 150. pg/mL cutoff was also not significant for BRONJ development (. P>. 0.05). Among BRONJ patients who discontinued BP, in a linear mixed model, only CTX showed a significant increase over time (β. =. 0.002, P=. 0.007). The cutoff PTH level was >. 41.52. pg/mL (AUC. =. 0.719, P=. 0.009), and that of CTX was ≤. 0.094. ng/mL (AUC. =. 0.619, P=. 0.069).In conclusion, there is insufficient evidence for the risk prediction for BRONJ of current bone biomarkers; additional research is necessary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-205
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 2013

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by the Ewha Global Top5 Grant 2013 of Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea . The authors thank Dr. Woo-Keun Lee (fellow of laboratory medicine, Ewha medical center) for his dedicated help.


  • Biomarkers
  • Bisphosphonate
  • CTx telopeptide
  • Osteonecrosis of jaw
  • Parathyroid hormone


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