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Trauma fractures linked with osteoporosis

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Fractures caused by major trauma, such as automobile accidents have been linked with osteoporosis in older people by a study.

According to the study of 8,022 women and 5,995 men for five years, there was a link between trauma fractures and lower bone marrow density in both groups.

In women, each standard deviation decrease in total hip bone marrow densirty was associated with a 45 percent increased risk of high-trauma fracture.

The association was stronger in men, with each decrease in BMD bringing a 54 percent increased risk of high-trauma fracture.

Authors said: ‘We concluded that high-trauma nonspine fractures should be considered potential osteoporotic fractures and should receive similar clinical management as low-trauma nonspine fractures.’

JAMA (2007) 298: 2381-2388

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