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J Korean Soc Spine Surg. 2015 Sep;22(3):99-103. Korean.
Published online September 30, 2015.
© Copyright 2015 Korean Society of Spine Surgery
The Epidemiology and Importance of Osteoporotic Spinal Compression Fracture in South Korea
Hun-Kyu Shin, M.D., and Jong-Hyon Park, M.D.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

Corresponding author: Hun-Kyu Shin, M.D. Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 29 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-746, Republic of Korea. TEL: +82-2-2001-2168, FAX: +82-2-2001-2176, Email:
Received August 11, 2015; Revised August 17, 2015; Accepted September 10, 2015.

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Study Design

Review of the literature on the epidemiology and importance of osteoporotic spinal fractures.


To determine the epidemiology and importance of osteoporotic spinal fractures.

Summary of Literature Review

Osteoporotic spinal fractures have been increasing in recent years.

Materials and Methods

Review of the literature.


Osteoporotic spinal fractures can lead to a reduced quality of life and reduced life expectancy with increasing morbidity. They can also be a major cause of additional spinal fractures or secondary fractures.


In an aging society, osteoporotic spinal fractures are considered a social problem. Preventive care should be emphasized.

Keywords: Osteoporosis; Osteoporotic spinal fractures; Epidemiology


Fig. 1
Incidence of osteoporosis-related fractures according to the site for Koreans 50+ years of age. Data from the 2008 Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service.12)
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Table 1
The Lifetime Risk of Osteoporosis-related Fractures in Korea. Data from 2008 Insurance Review & Assessment Service.12)
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