The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of calcitonin (CT) treatment on bone pain, osteoporosis, bone fractures and blood chemistry in thalassemic patients. Twenty-four patients with an age range of 10-24 years were included, 14 of whom received 100IU CT and 250 mg calcium 3 times a week. The others (n = 10) were followed up as a control group with only routine thalassemia therapy. After 1 year of treatment, bone pain disappeared and radiological signs of osteoporosis had improved significantly (p < 0.01) in the treatment group. CT has no important side effects.
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